The entire contents of Queen Elizabeth II’s former residence, Villa Guardamangia in Pieta, are up for auction at a gallery this weekend.
Villa Guardamangia has a rich and royal history and eventually became the Queen’s residence from 1949 to 1951 after it was leased to her by Prince Phillip’s uncle, Lord Mountbatten.
The Villa has a significant sentimental value for the Queen as being the only residence outside the UK in which she lived prior to her accession to the throne.
But as time has gone on the Villa has slowly deteriorated and nows its contents are being sold by the Belgravia Auction Gallery.
Items that will be sold at the auction range from antiques and works of art including ‘ Maltese 17th, 18th & later furniture, old master paintings and decorative china.’
There’s no indication that these items were present in the Villa during the Queen’s stay but the condition of some of these items suggests that they have been at the Villa for some time.
The auction has a wide catalogue featuring all kinds of household items from clocks cabinets, footstools and some famous paintings including one of St Joseph by artist Mattia Preti.
The sale will happen on September 13th and 14th and the villa now open today and tomorrow for viewings.
Villa Guardamangia is also for up for sale as of this June for a hefty sum of €6.5 million.
Photo Credit: Belgravia Auction Gallery