A gold and gem set ring belonging to Jane Austen made £152,450 at Sotheby’s English Literature sale in London on July 10. It has been handed down by female descendants of the author for nearly 200 years. The price was more than five times the high estimate of £30,000. No less than eight bidders battled for the turquoise ring, eventually bought by an anonymous private collector on the telephone. It was on the market for the first time.
At the Mount Congreve sale in Co. Waterford on the following day an 1833 edition of five volumes of Jane Austen made 2,800 over a top estimate of 800.