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An entrepreneur in Silicon Valley has ponied up $6,000 for a slice of three-year-old wedding cake served at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Gee Chuang placed the winning bid for the slice of fruitcake at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. The cake is presented in a special collector’s tin, engraved with the words “William & Catherine 29 April 2011” and wrapped in greaseproof paper, the same way samples of the cake were handed out to guests of the royal wedding.

The box also comes with an official wedding card and blank invitation.

Chuang purchased the cake as a way to promote his Silicon Valley startup, an online marketplace for members to exchange goods, without exchanging money.

In April of next year, when the couple marks their fourth wedding anniversary, Chuang says he plans to give away the slice on the site.

Created by baker Fiona Cairns, the eight-tiered cake was covered in 900 sugar flowers, and consisted of 17 individual fruit cakes. The cake was the centerpiece for the wedding and was the result of five weeks’ worth of labor.

Singer Paul McCartney is also a fan of Cairns’ fruit cakes and orders one for Christmas every year.