Over the ask­ing

Scottish Field - - ANTIQUES NEWS -

The Fet­ter­cairn Jewel – a 16th cen­tury vir­tu­oso enam­elled gold pen­dant set with an al­man­dine gar­net on the back – was ac­quired by Na­tional Mu­se­ums Scot­land at a sale at Sotheby’s in Lon­don. This unique piece of Scot­tish his­tory sparked a bat­tle be­tween bid­ders on the tele­phones and in the sale­room, driv­ing the fi­nal price to £236,750, a fig­ure far ex­ceed­ing the pre-sale es­ti­mate of £30,000-£50,000.

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