Several pieces from the Princess Margaret Collection are set to be auctioned off as part of the Antiques for Everyone event at the NEC in Birmingham, England. Included among the lots from Princess Margaret, the late sister of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, is a rare Cartier watch with a storied history.
The Cartier timepiece in question was purchased for Princess Margaret by the Queen Mother, wife of King George VI (who was recently portrayed by Colin Firth in the film The King’s Speech). The art deco style watch was purchased for the Princess by her mother on the occasion of her 20th birthday in 1940. At the time, the watch was purchased for £100 (approximately US$150) – it is now expected to fetch as much as £150,000 (approximately US$226,800).
The Princess Margaret Collection is comprised of belongings left behind when the royal passed away at age 71 in 2002. Lots include a 5.16 carat diamond ring and a solid gold clock bearing Princess Margaret’s initials, as well as personal photos.
Source courtesy the Daily Mail. Photo credit: Newsteam.