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Bonhams selling jewels of famous author


London--This December, Bonhams will auction some of the jewelry belonging to English novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford, who has sold more than 88 million books worldwide. 

Selected Jewels from the Collection of Barbara Taylor Bradford includes 40 pieces given to the author during her 49-year marriage to film and television producer Robert Bradford. The sale is scheduled for Dec. 5 at Bonhams New Bond Street headquarters in London.

Bonhams expects the highest-grossing piece to be a 14.07-carat cushion-cut G, VS1 diamond ring (below left) made by London jeweler David Morris. The ring is expected to sell for as much as $700,000.

A ring set with an 18.37-carat cushion-cut Burmese sapphire from Harry Winston in New York is estimated to garner between $150,000 and $200,000, while an antique sapphire and diamond brooch from S.J. Phillips in London is estimated to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000.

The David Morris and Harry Winston rings included in the sale of author Barbara Taylor Bradford's jewels

Other anticipated highlights of the sale include a pair of cultured pearl and diamond earclips from Harry Winston ($80,000 to $120,000), a pair of old-cut fancy yellow diamond stud earrings from David Morris ($80,000 to $100,000) and a coral and diamond “Rose de NoËl” brooch and earclip suite from Van Cleef & Arpels in New York ($20,000 to $30,000).

Bradford has published a total of 28 books. Her works have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold in more than 90 countries, and many of them have become movies and TV mini-series. Her first novel,” A Woman of Substance” was published in 1979 and still ranks among the top 10 best-selling fiction books of all time.

In 2007, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Bradford an O.B.E (Order of the British Empire) for her contributions to literature.

The New York-based novelist said she opted to auction some of her less frequently worn pieces because it was “silly” to hold on to pieces she hardly wears. “Beautiful things need to be on display and admired. I want someone else to own and wear these pieces I have cherished and enjoyed,” Bradford said. “I want the jewelry to live again.”

Many of the pieces are accompanied by a short description of when Bradford received them and why, an addition that seems fitting for a woman who has published 28 books.

Prior to its sale in London Dec. 5, Bradford’s jewelry will be on pre-sale display in October in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco and in Hong Kong on Nov. 20. A video interview with Bradford about her love affair with jewelry is on