Late TV star’s bling auctioned; diamond bracelet sells for £10,000.
Jewellery belonging to the late TV personality Sir Jimmy Savile was auctioned in Leeds this week, bringing in more than £25,000 for his selected charities.
Among the goods auctioned was a pendant featuring an artificial eye, originally worn by Savile as part of a Top of the Pops outfit, and a diamond-set JS initial pendant.
The top selling lot from the auction was a 9ct gold and diamond identity curb link bracelet, hallmarked 1972, which sold for £10,000, beating its higher estimate of £8,000.
A pair of Asprey & Garrard blue enamelled cufflinks, an 80th birthday gift to Sir Jimmy from the Prince of Wales, also wowed the bidders, selling for £4,000, similarly outrunning their estimate of just £300 to £500.
A diamond-set 18ct yellow gold wishbone pendant by Julie Crossland was also a highlight, selling for £4,000. The piece was originally presented to Sir Jimmy in 1989 as the National Jewellery Wearer of the Year by the British Jewellers’ Association (BJA).
Three auctioneers are said to have worked in relays non-stop during the almost 13-hour sale at Savile Hall in his native Leeds. Other items sold included Savile’s famous tracksuits, his furniture, a Rolls Royce and other memorabilia.