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Lucky charm a hit at Fellows £300k auction


Six-sided charm due to be scrapped sells for eight times its estimate.

By Jessica Knowles

A charm that was due to be scrapped sold for eight times its estimate in Fellows’ auction of Antique & Modern Jewellery on June 13, becoming the highlight of the sale.

The 15ct gold charm weighs 3.3g and measures 1.3cm. It was part of a heap of gold due to be melted down for scrap but was saved and sold at the sale, realising £620.

The six-sided charm depicting various lucky symbols including a black cat, a four-leaf clover, a white heather, forget-me-nots, a ladybird and a bee. Each side displays a hand-painted reverse carved intaglio, a style that was popular at the turn of the century.

Other highlights from the sale included a late 19th century silver and 9ct gold diamond necklace which sold for £21,000, and an emerald and diamond floral design necklace that went under the gavel for £3,600, more than double its estimate. A selection of Cartier pieces which collectively sold for £14,500.

The Antique & Modern sale welcomed a total 400 online bidders and achieved a total hammer price of £298,638 for all items sold.



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