A small bottle of sweat believed to have once belonged to Prince Andrew, is to be sold at auctioneers Sotheby’s in London later this week.
The lot, listed by the auction house as a “1981 Saxe-Coburg-Gotha vintage”, is expected to fetch up to £20,000 when it goes under the hammer on Thursday.
Around 20ml of the Duke of York’s perspiration, now almost 40 years old, has been collected in a small blue glass bottle and sealed with a small cork.
Sweat connoisseurs have praised its “structure and complexity” and lauded its “unusual bouquet” with its “hints of sandalwood, helicopter and calzone.”
Provenance of the vial has been hard to prove but it has been suggested that it was most recently acquired from the US by the former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, following a postal error.
During a televised interview, the Prince told Emily Maitlis that an adrenaline rush received while being shot at in the Falklands conflict meant it was “virtually impossible” for him to perspire.
He also categorically denied having anything to sweat about over his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, adding to the exclusivity of the sample on sale.
Sotheby’s spokesperson Jennifer Howey explained, “this is a truly unique lot as tests have shown that this sample predates the Falklands war and so it may well be the only liquid excreted by the Duke of York still in public hands.”
There’s been a great deal of interest from collectors of rare sweat in the US, Russia and Woking, with estimates reaching between ten and twenty thousand pounds.
Howey said that if a bidding war does break out it could reach a lot more; however, if the lot fails to sell many prospectors could stand to lose a fortune.
Sotheby’s chief Auctioneer, Godfrey Fairchild explained, “A great number of investors will be sweating like, well I can’t think of an appropriate simile, but it will be an anxious wait.”