Royal dental X-rays withdrawn from auction

Dental X-rays of the Queen’s family have been withdrawn from auction, Buckingham Palace has requested.

The 18 images of Elizabeth II’s teeth, together with those of her mother and father, King George VI, were taken between 1942 and 1946.

The X-rays were found in a house in Leatherhead, Surrey, and were due to go under the hammer this Wednesday (6 April).

But Dominic Winter’s auction house in South Cerney, Gloucestershire, has been asked to remove the lot from sale, the BBC reports.

The company’s historic memorabilia specialist, Chris Albury, said: ‘We are somewhat surprised and disappointed on behalf of royal memorabilia collectors everywhere that these dental X-rays have had to be pulled from sale.

‘We were contacted by lawyers acting on behalf of the Royal Household who pointed out that these X-rays, however old, still belong to their clients’ families and that the right of privacy for medical records survives death.

‘It’s pure chance that these X-rays were not destroyed 50 or more years ago when the dentist’s records were disposed of.’

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