Cambridge auctioneer Cheffin’s has seen two pieces of jewellery once gifted by Queen Victoria to her goddaughters exceed their auction estimates by some way.
The first, a locket gifted to the Queen’s goddaughter, Lady Victoria Scott, sold for over six times the lower limit of its pre-sale estimate.
Estimated to sell for £3,000-5,000, the piece saw a final telephone bid of £19,000.
In addition, christening gifts to Lady Victoria Scott’s daughter, Victoria Alexandrina Alberta Kerr, sold for £8,000, double their lower estimate of £4,000, to a US-based online bidder.
The first piece, the locket, is monogrammed with ‘VR’ on the front and has a personal engraving which reads ‘To Lady Victoria Scott, on her marriage Feb y, 23 1865 from Victoria R.’
This was gifted on her marriage to Schomberg Henry Kerr, 9th Marquess of Lothian on 23 February 1865.
Steven Collins, head of jewellery, silver and watches, commented: “These pieces had fantastic provenance, from direct descent of the family, and this, coupled with their quality really helped to ensure that they captured the eye of bidders from across the world.
“The result achieved for the locket gifted to Lady Victoria Scott was over and above expectations, with competitive bidding on multiple phone lines and online.
“It is a privilege to handle jewellery from Queen Victoria who must easily be one of the United Kingdom’s most famous monarchs.”
Read more below on the two pieces gifted by Queen Victoria: