The third online sale of items belonging to the late former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has sold in Christie’s online sale for in excess of £1 million.The auctioneer said that the sale “far exceeded pre-sale expectations” and raised a total of £1,087,750. It attracted bidders from 36 countries across six continents.The sale coincided with the 40th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s historic election as the United Kingdom’s first female Prime Minister (1979-1990), which saw her serve as the longest-serving PM in the 20th century.The top lot of the sale was a multi-gem and diamond brooch Van Cleef & Arpels, which sold for £50,000, against a pre-sale estimate of £10,000-15,000.Other top-selling items were:
- Mrs Thatcher’s hardstone-mounted gold bracelet of vari-shaped cabochons which sold for £40,000 (estimate: £1,500-2,500)
- An 18 carat gold and amethyst ring which realised £27,500 – both were gifts from her beloved husband Denis and part of Mrs Thatcher’s ‘uniform’ jewellery
- A portrait of Mrs Thatcher (1925-2013), wearing a black skirt suit with a George III diamond flower brooch, by Sergei Chepik (Kiev 1953-2011 Paris) which realised £40,000 (estimate: £700-1,000)
- Margaret Thatcher’s desk blotter and a group of desk items which sold for £30,000.