The largest collection of jewellery ever to be auctioned by a living author sold for over £1million at Bonhams
Forty stunning jewels from the collection of worldwide best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford were sold as part of the Fine Jewellery Sale at Bonhams, New Bond Street today (5th December). The collection made a total of £1,229,250.
Her collection consisted of 40 breathtaking pieces given to the author during her 49-year-long marriage to her film and TV producer husband Robert Bradford and reveals the story of her marriage to Bob, a wonderfully romantic love affair. Each piece was accompanied by a short description of its history compiled by the author, including personal details such as when she was given them and why.
Matthew Girling, Bonhams CEO UK & Europe, commented: "Bonhams is honoured to have been chosen by Barbara Taylor Bradford to auction her very personal collection of jewellery and we are delighted with the success of the sale."
The top lot in the collection was a magnificent diamond single-stone ring by David Morris which was secured by a bidder on the telephone for £446,500 who fended off strong interest from the other telephones and the saleroom floor. The jewel was given as birthday present to Barbara Taylor Bradford by husband Robert – "When you wear this, you don't need any other jewellery," Robert told her.
Interest came from all angles as the auctioneer took bids from multiple internet bidders, telephones and bidders in the room, all battling for a piece of the action.
A spectacular Harry Winston sapphire and diamond ring realised £182,500 after two determined telephone bidders escalated the price.
Another top lot was a 19th century sapphire and diamond brooch that captured the hearts of the bidders who battled their way to £116,500, near doubling the pre-sale estimate for the brooch.
Other highlights included a pair of David Morris diamond earclips which made £92,500 against pre-sale estimates of £55,000-£65,000 and a pair of pearl and diamond pendant earrings by Harry Winston which achieved £80,500.
Barbara Taylor Bradford said: "I am delighted with the result of the sale and wish those who were lucky enough to have bought a piece of my jewellery as much joy from it as I have had.
"The jewellery has been part of my life for such a long time but I'm glad it will begin a new chapter, with a new owner, in a new home. Beautiful things need to be displayed and admired and I'm so pleased that the jewellery will live again and be cherished and enjoyed. That's how it should be."
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com