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The Royal Typewriter Company, founded 1904
THE GOLDEN ROYAL PORTABLE
Estimate
8001,200
LOT SOLD. 6,000 GBP
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152
The Royal Typewriter Company, founded 1904
THE GOLDEN ROYAL PORTABLE
Estimate
8001,200
LOT SOLD. 6,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

A Private View: Property from the Country Home of Christopher Cone and Stanley J. Seeger

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The Royal Typewriter Company, founded 1904
THE GOLDEN ROYAL PORTABLE
with faux crocodile-skin case and canvas over cover
18 carat-gold plated, enamelled black metal
15 by 31 by 28cm., 6 by 12¼ by 11in.
Designed 1949.
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Provenance

Acquired by Stanley J Seeger for $150 from The Royal Typewriter Company.

Literature

For a further illustrated example see Tom Hanks and Anthony Casillo, Typewriters, San Francisco, 2017, p. 176. Casillo illustrates an example that was bought by Ian Fleming in 1952. Fleming's Golden Royal Portable was offered at auction in 1995 and became the worlds most expensive typewriter when it sold for £56,250.

Catalogue Note

This rare typewriter was the luxury version of the Royal Quiet De Luxe the name which features on the nameplate on the carriage of the present lot. This gold version was launched in an advert featured in The New Yorker on the 7 May 1949. The copy which featured in this advert proclaimed, 'THE MOST BEAUTIFUL and unusual typewriter anyone has ever seen ... a proud, luxurious possession.' The accompanying case was also described in glowing terms, 'something so handsome you'll use it as a travelling kit.'

A Private View: Property from the Country Home of Christopher Cone and Stanley J. Seeger

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London