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Princess Margaret’s diamond and pearl bracelet sells at auction for almost £400,000

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Princess Margaret’s diamond and pearl bracelet dating from 1925 and worn by the Queen’s sister for her 19th birthday portrait is being sold at auction for nearly £400,000

  • Princess Margaret’s diamond and pearl bracelet sold at auction for £396,800
  • Art Deco piece was worn by Margaret for her 19th birthday photo in 1949
  • Dating back to 1925, it features double rows of cultured pearls bordering a line of circular-cut diamonds










A diamond and pearl bracelet once owned by Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, has sold at auction for nearly £400,000.

The Art Deco piece was famously worn by Margaret for her 19th birthday photo, taken by celebrated photographer Cecil Beaton in 1949.

It was bought by an unnamed private bidder for £396,800, including buyer’s premium, on sale at auction house Dix Noonan Webb’s Mayfair sales space in central London.

The art deco piece was famously worn by Margaret for her 19th birthday photo taken by celebrated photographer Cecil Beaton in 1949 (pictured)

A diamond and pearl bracelet once owned by Princess Margaret, the Queen's sister, has sold at auction for nearly £400,000 (pictured)

A diamond and pearl bracelet once owned by Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, has sold at auction for nearly £400,000 (pictured)

The item (pictured) was purchased by an unnamed private bidder for £396,800, including buyer's premium, on sale at auction house Dix Noonan Webb's Mayfair sales area in central London

The item (pictured) was purchased by an unnamed private bidder for £396,800, including buyer’s premium, on sale at auction house Dix Noonan Webb’s Mayfair sales area in central London

Frances Noble, associate director of the company and head of the jewelry division, said of the sale price: “It reflects not only the strength of the current auction market, but also the overriding importance of provenance.

‘Princess Margaret was photographed on numerous occasions wearing this bracelet, which certainly added to the appeal of the piece, attracted international interest and extremely competitive bids – an exceptional result for the seller.’

The bracelet had been sold by Christie’s in 2006 in their auction of jewelry from the princess’s collection after her death four years earlier.

Dating from about 1925, it features a double row of cultured pearls bordering a line of circular-cut diamonds.

The bracelet (pictured) had been sold by Christie's in 2006 in their auction of jewelry from the princess's collection after her death four years earlier

The bracelet (pictured) had been sold by Christie’s in 2006 in their auction of jewelry from the princess’s collection after her death four years earlier

Dating from about 1925, it features a double row of cultured pearls bordering a line of circular cut diamonds

Dating from about 1925, it features a double row of cultured pearls bordering a line of circular cut diamonds

Beaton’s photo of Margaret was taken on July 8, 1949 and published on her birthday – August 21.

In his diary he wrote of the session: ‘She was at Lords for the Eton and Harrow match and came back a little late, but she dresses so quickly that she changed into the new evening a few moments after her return. dress Hartnell had given her that morning.

It was a dull white tulle dress embroidered with sequin butterflies and a rainbow tulle scarf around the waist.

“She looked very pretty and wore quite a bit of make-up — and the eyes are a piercing blue — feline and ferocious and so pristine and youthful.”

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