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Byline: JAMIE BREESE

Instant expert A GOLD brooch that belonged to Queen Victoria will be offered up for auction next month with a highly-affordable estimate. How much do you think it would be worth? Basics THE finely-detailed gold, enamel and garnet bodice brooch is from 1830. It is embellished with green and red enamel, set with cabochon garnets that hang from an elongated drop of a similar design. The brooch (pictured below) originally belonged to Victoria, Duchess of Kent, who on her death in 1861 left her jewellery to her daughter, Queen Victoria.

How much? SO how much does it cost to own a piece of jewellery which once belonged to the most powerful monarch on Earth - a woman whose very name defined an era? Queen Victoria's brooch will be offered in the Jewellery Sale taking place on April 6 at Bonhams Knightsbridge in London. It is estimated to sell for just pounds 600 to pounds 800. Other highlights of the auction include an art deco sapphire and diamond bracelet from around 1930 with an estimate of pounds 6,000 to pounds 8,000 and a brilliant cut-diamond, single-stone ring, also with an estimate of pounds 6,000 to pounds 8,000.

Real deal QUEEN Victoria subsequently gave the brooch to her third daughter Helena, Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein as a present on her 24th birthday in 1870. The reverse of the brooch has a simple but clearly personal engraving: "Belonged to dear Grandmamma V. From Mama V.R. to Helena 25th May 1870."
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 27, 2011
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