Sunday 24 September 2017

Beckham wedding tiara up for sale

Sarah Gubbins, of Bonhams, central London, with the gold and diamond crown tiara worn by Victoria Beckham for her marriage to David Beckham
Sarah Gubbins, of Bonhams, central London, with the gold and diamond crown tiara worn by Victoria Beckham for her marriage to David Beckham

This tiara could be the perfect Christmas present for a pop fan - if you have up to £25,000 to spare, that is.

The gold and diamond crown tiara, made by jewellery designer Slim Barrett, was worn by the then Spice Girl Victoria Adams at her wedding to David Beckham in July 1999.

It is expected to reach between £18,000 and £25,000 when it is auctioned at Bonhams in London next week, having been put up for sale by Barrett.

Irish designer Barrett called the tiara East of Paris. He said of his creation: "Inspiration for East of Paris came from my love of Eastern design and Parisian haute couture... so I set out to fuse the two styles."

The fairy-tale piece, which was exhibited by the Victoria and Albert Museum in their 100 Tiaras, Past and Present show, is made from 18-carat yellow gold, set with large brilliant-cut diamonds and suspended diamond drops. It was commissioned for the Beckhams' wedding but was then kept by Barrett, who has collaborated with Chanel, Versace and John Galliano and designed pieces for Mick Jagger and Diana, Princess of Wales.

He has also worked with Beyonce and Lady Gaga recently to create personalised, experimental pieces.

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