Another interesting auction took place at Christie’s in London on 5 December and today, 9 December. The one of 5 December was called “Harewood: Collecting in the Royal tradition”. Today’s auction was called “Harewood: the attic sale”. Many of the items on sale on Wednesday were from the personal collection of HRH The Princess Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood. Lots of the pieces were given to her or were inherited by her from her parents King George V of Great Britain and Queen Mary, and her grandparents King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. They included pictures of the family in Fabergé picture frames.
The sale on Wednesday achieved more than double the pre-sale expectations. The sale realised no less than € 4,797,277. The top lot was a George III ormolu and tortoiseshell-mounted Bluejohn ‘King’s’ Candelabrum by Matthew Boulton, which sold for €413,468. Princess Mary bought the piece at Christie’s in 1947 from the collection of the late Duke of Kent. See for more information: Christie’s: Harewood – Collecting in the Royal Tradition and Christie’s: Harewood – The Attic Sale