Agatha Christie: A Three-Stone Diamond Ring sold for £21,875 ($ 35,452) inc. premium. Image courtesy of Bonhams
Sophie Kinsella Gets Agatha Christie’s Three-Stone Diamond Ring
LONDON, KNIGHTSBRIDGE— A three-stone diamond ring that belonged to Agatha Christie’s mother was bought in the Bonhams Jewellery auction yesterday by writer Sophie Kinsella’s husband, as a surprise for his wife. The three-stone diamond ring was sold for £21,875 ($35,452) inc. premium.
The three-stone diamond ring along with a diamond brooch was found hidden in a locked box in an old trunk that had belonged to Agatha Christie’s mother. The jewelry in the old truck which was bought by an Agatha Christie a die-hard fan for £100 in 2006, was undiscovered for four years until the buyer was about to do a reconstruction in her home. That was when she discovered the miracle in the old truck.
The sale of the three-stone diamond ring to Sophie Kinsella’s husband adds to the mystery of the Christie’s lost family jewels. With the sale, the jewel has passed from one writer to another in the most mystifying way. Like Agatha Christie, Kinsella is a globally celebrated author of female-orientated literature. She has written twenty novels that have brought her great critical and popular acclaim. Her gripping novel, Confessions of a Shopaholic, was made into a movie in 2009. It starred Hollywood actress Isla Fisher.
Kinsella is over the moon about this thoughtful gift. Commenting on the $ 35,452 gift, Kinsella said, “I was bowled over by this incredible surprise. Agatha Christie is the hugest inspiration and source of pleasure to me. I’ve read all her books, many times over and I feel very moved at the idea of having a piece of jewellery that was once hers.”
The sale of the three-stone diamond ring at the Bonhams Jewellery auction to Sophie Kinsella’s husband, as a surprise for his wife, elevates the mystery of the Christie’s lost family jewels to an unexpected climax. Also sold during the auction is a diamond brooch also found in the old trunk. Although the diamond brooch fetched an extraordinary price, all the focus is on three-stone diamond ring. There are speculations that the diamond ring might inspire Kinsella’s next novel.