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One lady’s obsession with collecting jewellery over decades led her to amassing 40,000 pieces over her lifetime which are now being sold by Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne on Thursday 3rd February.

“I have had the pleasure to see, handle, value and auction some fantastic collections over the years but nothing quite on this scale.” Commented Richard Bromell. “Usually jewellery fits easily into a bag, box or car for moving but there was so much we had to send one of our vans to pick up the collection.”

The owner, who lived in Somerset, starting collecting jewellery in the 1950’s. She would buy from wherever she could and was well known character at jumble sales, charity shops, car boot sales, antique centres, fairs and auctions.

Whilst she never paid a great deal of money for any one single item, overall the collection is estimated to sell for up to £20,000.

There are vast quantities of gold jewellery, bead and other necklaces, earrings, bracelets, bangles, chains, rings, pendants, costume and other jewellery. The collection, being sold in over 200 lots at the Charterhouse sale, is being offered without reserve with estimates from just £30 up to £200.

This lifetime collection which has taken is going under the auctioneers gavel with other jewellery, silver and watches on Thursday 3rd February which is followed on Friday 4th with antiques and interiors.

Viewing, at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, is from Monday 31st to Thursday 3rd or you can see the hundreds of lots on www.charterhouse-auction where live internet bidding is also available.

Charterhouse are now accepting further entries for their next specialist auctions of classic cars on 3rd March classic & vintage motorcycles on 9th March and their auction of coins, medals, stamps, model cars, trains, clocks and other collector’s items on the 10th & 11th March.

Specialist Richard Bromell and the team at Charterhouse can be contacted for advice and valuations on single items and collections at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277

Captions: Some of the 40,000 items of jewellery collected since the 1950’s by one Somerset collector estimated to sell for £20,000