Antique jewels hit high sales values at San Francisco sale.
By Kathryn Lewis
Bonhams reported US$714,450 (£439,337) in sales at its Period Art & Design auction which was held earlier this week in San Francisco.
The sale included jewellery, some of which was among the bestsellers and exceeded expectations according to the auction house.
Among the highlights of the jewellery auction were a high-carat gold cable link necklace which sold for US$4,375 (£2,690); two Omega 18ct and 14ct gold integral bracelet wristwatches, which took in US$4,000 (£2,460); and a pear-shaped tanzanite, which sold for US$3,750 (£2,306).
Two unusual enamel, diamond and gold fire fighter badges went for US$3,125 (£1,922), exceeding a US$1,500 to US$2,000 (£615 to £1,230) estimate; and a diamond and 18ct gold open-face pendant watch, suspended from a gem-set and 14ct gold wyvern brooch, brought US$2,000 (£1,230), nearly three times its original estimate. Other highlights from the auction included a diamond, velvet and silver-topped 14ct gold brooch, which sold for US$2,000 (£1,230); and a diamond, enamel and platinum partial gentleman’s dress set, comprising a cufflink and three shirt studs, which sold for US$1,250 (£768).