Fellows Auctioneers sold over £1 million worth of jewellery in the behind closed doors auction on Thursday 25th March. Fine Jewellery, a live auction which took place at the company’s Jewellery Quarter saleroom in Birmingham, ran for eight hours with hundreds of lots flying above their estimates.
A total of 1,200 registered bidders signed up for Fellows’ best auction of 2021 so far, with many lots receiving a huge amount of interest.
Perhaps the pick of the bunch was a pavé-set diamond ‘Chaine d’Ancre Punk’ bracelet, by Hermès (Lot 195). The beautiful piece of jewellery sold for a whopping hammer price of £20,000 against an estimate of £4,000 – £6,000.
Antique jewellery was sought-after, a late Victorian 15ct gold multi-gem and enamel necklace (Lot 170) sold for a hammer price of £7,100, against an estimate of £2,500 – £3,500. There was keen interest in a 19th century set of silver and gold harlequin paste jewellery (Lot 601). The lot included a graduated rivière necklace, earrings and pendant component, and sold for £4,500 against an estimate of £400 – £600.
A pavé-set diamond ‘Juste un Clou’ bangle, by Cartier (Lot 196) sold for a hammer price of £23,000, against an estimate of £18,000 – £22,000.
Many pieces of jewellery featuring diamonds in particular also fetched high prices. A pair of diamond stud earrings (Lot 260) fetched a hammer price of £16,000 against an estimate of £7,500 – £8,500.
Fine Jewellery showcased 629 lots, featuring glorious modern, vintage, and branded jewellery in a range of elegant styles. Customers were able to bid via the telephones, commission bidding, or by using two live bidding platforms – Fellows Live and The Saleroom.
Stephen Whittaker, Auctioneer and Managing Director at Fellows Auctioneers, who was on the rostrum from 11am – 7pm, said: “I am proud of everyone at Fellows who helped ensure we held our best auction of 2021 so far. It was a grand effort, and we are still seeing huge numbers of new registrants sign up to our auctions.
“Despite the difficulties for everyone over the last 12 months, it is a delight that so many people continue to see our auctions as the perfect escapism. I am equally pleased that we were able to achieve so many good results for our vendors, who I hope are as delighted as I am.”
Highlights from the Fine Jewellery sale include:
- Lot 82 – An old-cut diamond single-stone ring. Estimate: £5,000 – £7,000. Hammer price: £14,000.
- Lot 170 – A late Victorian 15ct gold multi-gem and enamel necklace. Estimate: £2,500 – £3,500. Hammer price: £7,100.
- Lot 195 – A pavé-set diamond ‘Chaine d’Ancre Punk’ bracelet, by Hermès. Estimate: £4,000 – £6,000. Hammer price: £20,000.
- Lot 196 – A pavé-set diamond ‘Juste un Clou’ bangle, by Cartier. Estimate: £18,000 – £22,000. Hammer price: £23,000.
- Lot 260 – A pair of old-cut diamond stud earrings. Estimate: £7,500 – £8,500. Hammer price: £16,000.
- Lot 601 – A 19th century set of silver and gold harlequin paste jewellery, to include a graduated rivière necklace, earrings and pendant component. Estimate: £400 – £600. Hammer price: £4,500.