Still mostly asleep and half-listening to the Today
programme, where a very Saturday-morning "how on earth do we fill up two hours' airtime?" item is in progress about the curious market for objects personally associated with the famous: John Lennon's socks (unwashed), a copy of Viz
presented to the Pope on his last visit to the UK, Prince Albert's Prince Albert, and stuff like that.
Then one of the participants offered
We had one of Princess Diana's school rubbers in one of our auctions.
and I suddenly came fully awake as I found myself wondering how to explain that, delicately, to a shocked American fan.