So Mysterious By This Love

Oscar Wilde trivia of the day:

The Times of London today ran an obituary of David Gainsborough Roberts, described as an eccentric collector. Among his treasures were:

…Queen Victoria’s embroidered drawers, keys and coats from the Titanic, Napoleon’s leather wallet, Charlie Chaplin’s violin and a card case bearing the inscription “so mysterious by this love” and given to Oscar Wilde by Lord Alfred Douglas. “It came up in auction years ago,” Gainsborough Roberts recalled of its acquisition. “The under-bidder was Stephen Fry.”


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