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A $225,000 tiara from Princess Diana's family has sold


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March 13, 2017
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A gorgeous $225,000 diamond tiara that belonged to arelative of Princess Diana has been sold. The Edwardian piece was purchased ata well-known art fair in Holland on Thursday.

Set with over 800 old cut diamonds, the tiara was originallymeant as a wedding gift for Lady Delia Spencer, Princess Diana’s great aunt, fromher father Charles (the 6th Earl Spencer). On February 18, 1914,Lady Delia married the Honorable Sir Sidney Peel, the grandson of PrimeMinister Sir Robert Peel.

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Princess Diana's great aunt owned this tiara Photo: TEFAF

At an estimated weight of 48 carats, the sparkling tiara isheld on its frame by tiny wing-topped screws. This purposeful design was setforth so that the tiara can be worn in various ways. The central three sectionstransform into a choker necklace, while the two outer sections can be joined toform a bracelet.

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“The tiara is a wonderful example of superb craftsmanshipwith a unique provenance,” said Guy Burton of the high-end jewelry company,Hancocks London told People. Thepiece was sold on day one, within hours after it was shown at TEFAF, inHolland. Whileit has not yet been revealed who bought it or what price waspaid, it’s clear that heirloom is greatly valued.

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Princess Diana was no stranger to wearing the British royal family jewels Photo: Getty Images

TEFAF is widely regarded as the world’s pre-eminent fair ofart and antiques. According to their website, they “champion the finestquality art from across the ages by creating a community of the world’s top artdealers and experts to inspire lovers and buyers of art everywhere.”

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Another piece that Hancocks has for sale at the art fair is the“Orchestra” bracelet once owned by Shirley Temple. The delightful diamond and rubyaccessory dates back to around 1940. It is attributed to Beverly Hills jewelerWilliam Ruser.

The bracelet depicts a full eight-piece jazz band, with aconductor overseeing each musician playing. It features timpani, cello, grandpiano and harp instruments. The bracelet is valued at $70,000.

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