Jewellery lover Agatha Christie
Famous English detective story writer Agatha Christie loved and wore jewellery – brooches, necklaces, earrings, pendants. After her death in 1976 at the age of 95, has left at least one secret: the location of her family jewels. The mystery of her inheritance was in the best traditions of the immortal works of the writer. In 2006, some Jennifer Grant, fan of creativity of Agatha Christie, took part in the sale of items from the home of the writer in Greenville. She bought 100 pounds trunk that belonged to the mother of the writer. It is noteworthy that Madame Grant bought a chest without a key, and more than four years did not open it, not wanting to spoil a thing. But in 2010, curiosity outweighed practicality and she broke the chest with a simple crowbar.
Inside she found a ring of Christie’s mother that she mentioned in her autobiography as well as a diamond clasp and a purse full of gold coins. Once the fan has read about these decorations in the book of Christie “Autobiography” she knew immediately that it exactly matches the description of the discovery.
October 8, 2010, these diamond jewellery pieces were displayed for sale at an auction in London, Bonhams. The price for which ring with three diamonds, and brooch were sold under the hammer, was more than three times higher than the starting. Brooch was purchased for 27,500 pounds at an initial cost of 8 thousand pounds, and the ring – for 21.8 thousand pounds in the evaluation 5 thousand pounds. Rumor has it that the legacy of Agatha Christie was bought by her own grandson…
From the memoirs of writer Agatha Christie: “Now we call the jewelry a few “real”(two or three) and a lot of trinkets. Those days forgery considered evidence of bad taste, except that it was an accident, a rare vintage brooch. The real jewels consisted of my mothers’ diamond buckle, my diamond crescent and my diamond engagement ring. The rest of the decorations, too, were “real”, but relatively inexpensive”.
“Nevertheless, they aroused intense interest in us. It was my Indian necklace, my Florentine set, my Venetian necklace, my cameo, and so on…, not to mention the six brooches, which particularly attracted our with Madge attention: fish – five small diamond fish, mistletoe – a small diamond, rimmed with pearls, parma violet – enamel brooch in the form of violets, my dog-rose, also in the form of a flower – from pink enamel, surrounded by diamond leaves, and finally, the most beloved, “donkey”, a pearl of irregular shape, set in diamonds a donkey’s head. Each has been designed for some of us in the future, according to my mother’s will. Madge was to receive Parma violet (her favorite flower), a diamond crescent and a donkey. I also would get a rose diamond buckle and mistletoe. These bequests were quietly discussed in our family, and did not cause any unfortunate associations with death – just a warm appreciation”.
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