In what is probably the most expensive cardboard box in history – not that we have had the luck of tracking prices of empty cardboard boxes , the daughter of Rupert Murdoch surely holds the title.
Elisabeth Murdoch graciously bid on a piece of cardboard that was expected to have been signed by Prince William and his new wife. The box which was designed to hold child vaccination doses, would be signed by the Duke and Duchess, along with British Prime Minister David Cameron and performers on the night, US rock band the Kings of Leon.
However St. James Palace later confirmed that the couple did not sign the item since it would be against protocol to do so. Murdoch who successfully bid £120,000 ($185,300) thus got absolutely nothing for her valiant efforts. The bid was made while Elisabeth attended a prestigious charity dinner in London last week hosted by ARK (Absolute Return for Kids) and attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
While the event did manage to raise $26.56 million (and also happened to be the first official engagement for the royal couple) ; we think that the royals owe this much to Ms Murdoch – who paid up anyway. Tradition and Protocol be damned.
The cardboard box meanwhile remains the holder of the most expensive empty box of all times. We do not know whether the Prime Minister and the Kings of Leon signed or if Ms Murdoch took the unsigned box home anyway.