Staggered Bargain Hunt expert sells jewelled flowers found in shoebox for £340k
A Bargain Hunt expert who was given a pare of extremely rare jewelled flowers managed to sell them for an eye-watering fee.
Natasha Raskin Sharp met auctioneer Charles Hanson on the BBC show where they talked about the rare find in an auction.
In the programme, she explained that the delicate flowers, made of diamonds, crystal and jade, tend not to come up for sale very often because there were only 34 made in the UK.
Expert Charles, who is a a familiar face on Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip, said he came across the masterpieces in 2018 when the owner brought them into his firm’s office in south-west London.
He recalled that the flowers were kept inside a shoebox and wrapped in tea towel for over 40 years.
The auctioneer said the flowers belonged to a lady called Juliette Duff who died in 1965 and her descendants passed it to a distant relative who sold it one day.
He took a look at the delicate purple flowers and told Natasha: "The Morning Glory, its pair is in the royal collection, with tiny diamonds inset in the enamel flowers."
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Then he moved on to introduce the red flowers and said: "This very technically put together Barbary Bush. It is again [made] by a leading Faberge craftsman.
"The Morning Glory has a guide price of £100,000 to £150,000. Frightening, isn’t it?
“The Barbary Bush again we’ve estimated to fetch between £150,000 to £250,000 so who knows, they might make half a million pounds."
Later on, the programme showed the bidding war when Charles put the Fabergé pieces up for auction.
He started the Morning Glory Fabergé flower at £80,000 and it quickly drew the attention of favourable buyers.
The price rose by more than double its original asking price and finally sold at £180,000.
As he pulled up the next item – the Barbary Bush Fabergé Flower – he initiated the bidding process at an asking price for £150,000.
But it didn't go as far as what he expected and it soon went under the auction hammer for £160,000.
It brought the total value of two Fabergé flowers to a staggering price of £340,000.
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