Talk:Royal Collection

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How much is the art collection actually worth? I accept it is rather hard to price such a priceless collection but there must be some credible estimates, surely? --Camaeron (talk) 15:34, 12 February 2008 (UTC)


I reverted the non-wikipedic use of authors' names in capitals, and their list by surname. Still most of paintings names must be put in italics. --Attilios (talk) 09:47, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

The 400b figure for worth of the collection seems wildly inaccurate, source? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:15, 19 May 2009 (UTC)


The Valuation of £10billion seems to be plucked out of thin air and is grossly wrong. To say it is priceless is most correct because it is almost impossible to value works of art which are both masterpieces and unique. There is often nothing similar that has been sold to value them against, so to guess what it would sell for is near impossible. And it could be said they are "valueless" anyway because they cannot be sold.

Beyond that the £10billion price tag doesn't seem grasp the size of the royal collection or the treasures within it.
Lets do some simple maths: (forgetting things like jewelery, furniture, etc. etc for the time being- we'll look at art). The collection includes over 7,000 paintings, 500,000 prints and 30,000 watercolours and drawings. Forgetting everything else in the collection, a value of £10billion would give each item an average value of about £18,500. Which is plainly wrong!
This a collection of the worlds finest art. Over 500 drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci, 50 paintings by Caneletto. Countless paintings by the Old Masters. And then all the other collections which include priceless jewels and furniture, and items like the faberge eggs. And then for example take this news story: [1]. 2 just general paintings within the collection- Not well known or anything. On their own they are conservatively valued at upwards of £100 million. And what about Henry VIII's "The Story of Abraham" tapestries displayed in the Great Hall in Hampton Court Palace. They are estimated to be the most valuable thing in the entire country, besides the crown jewels.

£10billion comes nowhere close

--Rushton2010 (talk) 14:33, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

It's a completely pointless game, as all art market values depend on the assumption that no very large & important collection will bwe broken up and sold. There isn't £10 bn in the art market to buy it. We shouldn't say anything for any large collection. Johnbod (talk) 15:06, 30 July 2013 (UTC)
I agree. We don't value the collections of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. We don't value the collections of the British Museum ofr the National Gallery. The desire to value it seems to be an attempt to try and attribute that value to the Queen. But then there is no similar attempts at trying to value the royal collections of other royal families.
In the end it cannot be valued. --Rushton2010 (talk) 22:30, 30 July 2013 (UTC)