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Princess Margaret's former bracelet sells for almost £400,000

The diamond and pearl bracelet was worn on her nineteenth birthday

Matthew Moore

A diamond and pearl bracelet worn by the late Princess Margaret has been sold for almost £400,000 to an unknown buyer during an auction.

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The item was famously worn by the royal in a photograph that was taken to mark her nineteenth birthday.

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The beautiful piece of jewellery dates from around 1925 and features a double-row of cultured pearls which border on a line of circular-cut diamonds.

It was sold by the auction firm Dix Noonan Webb's at their Mayfair saleroom in central London and its final price was £396,800, including buyer's premium.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The bracelet was worn by Princess Margaret for her 19th birthday

Frances Noble, the company's associate director and head of the jewellery department, said of the sale price: "It not only reflects the strength of the current auction market but also the overriding importance of provenance.

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"Princess Margaret was photographed wearing this bracelet on numerous occasions which certainly added to the appeal of the piece, attracting international interest and extremely competitive bidding – an exceptional result for the vendor."

The item had previously been sold in 2006 by Christie's after they auctioned off jewellery from her collection following her death in 2002.

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Margaret shared two children with her ex-husband

During her life, Margaret gave birth to son David Armstrong Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon and Lady Sarah Chatto, and Lady Sarah had a touching tribute to her mum when she got married in 1994.

She chose a very special accessory that was created especially for her nuptials to Daniel Chatto in 1994 – the Snowdon Floral Tiara.

It was made using three diamond brooches that were originally a wedding gift to her mother Margaret from her husband Antony Armstrong-Jones, the First Earl of Snowdon, in 1960.

The floral brooches featured a series of sparkling leaves and petals which were particularly striking when they were combined by Wartski to form the tiara.

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