Coutts’ Beautiful Box auction raises thousands

Jimbobart's jewellery box, complete with playful rat illustration, was the top-selling box in the Coutts Beautiful Boxes auction. (ITP)

Highest bidder pays £3,000 for box with quirky rat design.

 By Hallie Engel

Coutts Beautiful Boxes auction, which closed on Sunday, is said to have raised thousands of pounds for the Holts Academy of Jewellery in Hatton Garden and The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts.

A total of 21 wooden jewellery boxes were put up for auction on eBay by Coutts, with designs from British jewellers, luxury brands, fashion designers and retailers including Alex Monroe, Monica Vinader, Holts Academy, Paul Smith and Laurence Llewellyn Bowen.

The boxes went up for auction on eBay for one week, with London illustrator Jimbobart – who specialises in animal drawings – receiving the highest bids for his creation, which sold for more £3,000 in the final minutes of the auction.

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The final figure raised is yet to be confirmed by Coutts, but several of the boxes sold for more than £700.

Holts Academy director Lee Lucas described the jewellery boxes are a “lasting legacy of this project and in themselves wonderful heirlooms. The funds raised will help to support our apprenticeship scheme, the only scheme in the UK government recognised and support a new generation of jewellers to start their careers."

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