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Baroness’ Glass Paperweights Smash Estimates to Make 574,080 Pounds at Bonhams

LONDON.- The auction of ‘Fine Paperweights from the collection of the late Baroness de Bellet’ held this afternoon (19 May 2010) at Bonhams, New Bond Street made an outstanding £574,080 with 95% sold by value. Bidders in the UK were competing against other interested parties in the USA, Europe and Israel. The top lot of the day was a fine and rare Clichy double paperweight c.1850 which sold for £67,200 against a pre-sale estimate £6,000-8,000. French paperweights were highly sought after in the saleroom with a rare Clichy convolvulus example selling for £28,800 (£3,500-4,500), and a Clichy stylised bouquet paperweight fetching £12,600 (£6,000-8,000). Collected in America, London and more recently held in Switzerland, the group spans three generations of a family of collectors and contained many beautiful floral and millefiori designs of outstanding beauty and exquisite detail. The Baroness’ grandfather, Frederick