Screen legend's jewellery auctioned off

JEWELLERY once belonging to the late Hollywood legend Deborah Kerr is to go up for auction.

JEWELLERY once belonging to the late Hollywood legend Deborah Kerr is to go up for auction.

The Scottish-born actress, who died at her north Suffolk home in October last year after suffering from Parkinson's disease, starred in more than 50 films over four decades, including From Here to Eternity and The King And I.

Items for sale include those she owned at the height of her fame in the 1940s and 1950s, such as a three-stone diamond engagement ring from her first husband, Squadron Leader Anthony Charles Bartley.

The yellow tinted brilliant cut diamonds weigh 2.32, 2.98 and 2.17 carats and the ring is expected to fetch up to £25,000.


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A mid-19th century gold and turquoise chain which Kerr often wore on her wrist is estimated at up to £2,500.

A collar necklace is estimated at up to £2,000 and another highlight is a cultured pearl, emerald and diamond bracelet which could go for £6,000.

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The collection is being sold on behalf of the actress's family and has been sitting in a bank vault in recent years.

Kerr married twice and her accolades included an Honorary Academy Award, a Bafta Special Award and a CBE.

Bonhams is auctioning the items in London tomorrow.

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