Wallis Simpson pearls sell for £2,000 at Shrewsbury auction

Two pearl necklaces linked to Wallis Simpson have sold for more than £2,000 at auction in Shrewsbury.

Maryanne Lineker-Mobberley at Halls’ in Shrewsbury with the necklace once owned by Wallis Simpson
Maryanne Lineker-Mobberley at Halls’ in Shrewsbury with the necklace once owned by Wallis Simpson

The necklaces, which were found in the home of a woman from Shrewsbury who died without making a will, were sold at Halls' auction house yesterday.

The necklaces both have a single pearl set clasp and were originally part of the jewellery collection of the Duchess of Windsor, whose controversial relationship with King Edward VIII led to his abdication in December 1936.

The link has resulted in the necklaces being lined up to feature on the BBC TV series Heir Hunters. The necklaces had been valued at up to £1,500, but the first went for £1,200 and the second made £950.

The necklaces were found in a garage at the late owner's home with a note stating that they belonged to the Duchess. Also found was a catalogue from Sotheby's auction of the Duchess of Windsor's jewellery collection in Geneva in 1987, which was also sold by Halls and made £160.

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