The latest Fellows fine jewellery sale saw the successful sale of a suffragette-inspired Art Nouveau dragonfly brooch.

The piece, sporting the green and purple suffragette colours, exceeded its upper estimate at auction by nearly £4,000.

Originally estimated to sell for between £8,000 and £12,000, the dragonfly brooch went for £15,950 at the behind-closed-doors sale.

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The platinum and gold, green plique-à-jour enamel, amethyst and diamond dragonfly brooch was created in the early 20th century, and it can also be worn as a pendant.

The item features ruby cabochon eyes, and has an estimated total old-cut diamond weight of 0.4ct.

With a length of 9.5cms and weighing 22.2gms, the brooch included a fitted SJ Phillips case with the purchase.

The auction ran from 11am – 5:30pm on Thursday 21st January, and customers were able to bid via the telephones or over the internet. Over 900 people were registered online across multiple platforms to bid on the sale.

Alex Duffy, jewellery specialist from Fellows Auctioneers, said: “Thursday’s fine auction was a great success and fantastic way for Fellows to kick off the New Year.

“The dragonfly is seen in some cultures as a symbol of transformation, joy and new beginnings, so it seems fitting that this fabulous creature would steal the show in our first fine jewellery sale of the year. Hopefully a good sign of things to come.”