'$16' rare Victorian brooch makes $50,000 at Gildin's jewellery auction



2015-06-26 12:30:33

'$16' rare Victorian brooch makes $50,000 at Gildin's jewellery auction

Leicestershire, UK was the scene of an astonishing brooch sale on Tuesday, August 2

A Victorian brooch which almost ended up on a market stall has sold in the UK for 31,000.

Jill Cousins from Leicestershire had contemplated selling the brooch to a market stall for 10 before an Antiques Roadshow appeal brought its potential worth to her attention.

Made in the 1860s by designer and architect William Burges as a gift for the marriage of fellow architect and artist John Pollard, the brooch had appeared on the Antiques Roadshow's "most wanted" appeal.

 The 31,000 Victorian brooch

Even so, the 31,000 figure achieved at Gilding's auction on August 2 was three times that of its pre-sale estimate.

"I was actually in a bit of a state of shock," Cousins told local newspaper the Harborough Mail.

"I had convinced myself it wasn't going to sell. Then I thought the bidding would stop at about 12,000, but it just carried on.

"It's a bit like a dream. I keep saying 'If it is a dream, please don't wake up because we're having so much fun.'"

Cousins inherited the brooch from her mother and kept it in a jewellery box for the past 20 years.

It sold to a London-based private collector.

"Burges was a genius and these items are fantastically rare - hardly measurable," Antiques Roadshow expert Geoffrey Munn told UK newspaper the Daily Mail.

A 12-piece tile set designed by Burges sold for 4,600 at Gorringes auction house in 2009.

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