A gold brooch purchased at a flea market last month for around $60 was recently discovered to be worth much more than that.
Made by Cartier, the “tutti-frutti” 1930s pin features a ruby, sapphires and emeralds, and was found by the anonymous buyer in a box of costume jewelry. Hansons Auctioneers in the UK put the item up for auction, with collectors from Paris, the United Arab Emirates and the US all interested in the piece.
Although its pre-estimated price was about $8,000, it ended up selling for over $17,000! Representatives from the auctioneer say this is due to the vibrance and degree of rarity of the item.
Courtesy of The Daily Mail