April 27, 2004
Clive's Mughal loot sells high
Rare Mughal treasures that were brought to Britain by Robert Clive, who conquered much of India, were sold for £4.7 million yesterday at an auction at Christie's in London.Some items went way over estimate:
The collection, which was sold by Clive's descendants, fetched more than three times Christie's estimate as bidders competed fiercely for the historic 17th and 18th century works of art.
The highest price was more than £2.9 million paid by an anonymous bidder for a 17th century jewelled flask which until recently was on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
A fly whisk made from banded agate and inset with rubies, which had been expected to sell for only £5,000 to £8,000, fetched 113 times its upper estimate when it was sold for £901,250.Read the full article here. Previous post here; the flask was yesterday's Telegraph's Object of the Week. The Christie's page is here.
A dagger with a pistol-grip hilt inlaid with rubies, emeralds and diamonds, which had been estimated at £35,000 to £50,000, sold for £733,250, and a huqqa set decorated with sapphires was bought for £94,850.
Posted by David on April 27, 2004 9:23 PM