LONDON – The proceeds from sale of an Edwardian diamond tiara auctioned off on April 17 have been donated to Cancer Research UK’s Leukemia division by a London-based vendor, according to Fellows Auctioneers.
The charming tiara is of quintessential garland style and contains an estimated 10.00 carats of old cut diamonds. It exceeded its estimate of £5,000-£7,000, achieving a £12,000 final hammer price.
Tiaras were at the height of fashion during the high Edwardian period, the wearing of which was governed by strict Edwardian etiquette. Sadly, many items with a more limited use have been dismantled or broken up, therefore this tiara is a rare survivor. It is understood that it has not seen the light of day for several decades, and was last worn at a family wedding.
“This tiara was always going to fare well at an auction, it is a beautiful example of its era and a rare one at that,” said Stephen Whittaker, managing director of Fellows Auctioneers. “Of course we are always exceptionally pleased that its high hammer price has gone to such great cause.”
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