The Fine Jewels sale in London exceeded pre-sale expectations to achieve £5,171,750 (est. £2,923,400- 4,183,200), with 80.1% of the lots sold. With an exceptional selection of contemporary and antique jewels and decorative accessories on offer, the sale was driven by competition from a broad spectrum of international buyers.
The sale was led by the newly discovered 'Tenner' diamond, which sold for £656,750 (est. £250,000-350,000). The ring was originally purchased in the 1980s from a car boot sale for just £10, when it was assumed to be a decorative costume jewel. Other highlights included a Cartier diamond brooch worn by Margaret Thatcher on a number of high-profile public occasions, including the day she offered her resignation as Prime Minister to The Queen selling for £81,250 (est. £25,000-35,000), proceeds of which will be donated to the Endeavour fund - a charity that supports the recovery of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.
This sale offers a wonderful array of jewels and objects. Among the highlights is a Cartier brooch worn by Margaret Thatcher and sold to benefit the Endeavour Fund, which supports the recovery of wounded, sick and injured servicemen and women. Also offered is jewellery from the collection of King Farouk of Egypt. Refreshments and macarons from Pierre Hermé served throughout the exhibition and auction.