The king who sold his queen so he could marry his mistress

January 17, 2018 by Stanley Gibbons

King Carol II of Romania was exiled by the Nazis in 1940. He left on a train laden with Royal Treasures. This included paintings by Titian, Rubens and Rembrandt plus jewels and even the ceremonial armour. He also made sure that he gathered up his prized stamp collection.

Although a Nazi-financed death squad fired on the Royal Train, they failed to stop it. The King and his mistress lay on the floor and escaped injury from the bullets.

Later, when exiled in Mexico, he sold part of his famous stamp collection to raise funds for his marriage to his mistress. The collection including a famous stamp error from Jamaica that featured the statue of Queen Victoria.

Also included in the sale were rare British specimens that are widely acknowledged as amongst the finest collections in private hands today. The last time King Carol II’s former collection was on the open market was in 2011 when it sold for £36,650.

a famous stamp error from Jamaica that featured the statue of Queen Victoria
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