Pope’s jewellery to be sold on eBay

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US jeweller hopes to raise £490,000 through online auction site.

Jewellery once belonging to Pope Paul VI will be sold on eBay by a US jeweller.

Pope Paul VI had allowed some of his jewellery to be sold to raise money for charity and a bejewelled pectoral cross and ring were bought by a mystery US buyer in the 1970s. His widow is now looking to sell the jewels and has enlisted the help of US jeweller Perry’s Emporium.

The widow now in possession of the jewels had previously tried to sell them through a New York firm for £766,000 but the sale failed to attract a buyer.

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Alan Perry, who owns the jewellery shop in Wilmington, North Carolina, is more optimistic about the haul and said he expects the jewellery to fetch between £490,000 and £552,000 on eBay.

Perry said: “She came in with all this paperwork and with the cross and the ring and I just said ‘Holy mackerel.’ It’s only worth what someone is willing to pay for it and eBay might be a good measure to see if people are interested.”

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