Faberge wine taster sold for £3,800
A wine taster thought to have been made by coveted designer Faberge fetched £3,800 when it went under the hammer, an auctioneer has said.
The woman who owned the 19th century piece originally asked auction house J P Humbert Auctioneers if it was worth anything at all, then they spotted the famous Faberge mark.
The wine taster, made of silver and silver gilt and decorated with rubies and amethysts, sold on Friday night for £3,800 at J P Humbert's sale room in Towcester, Northamptonshire.
Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said the item, which is only 4in long, was listed as being worth £2-3,000 but was confident it would fetch a good price.
"Just the name Faberge is enough to get a wide amount of interest," he said.
"Obviously Faberge eggs are the things everyone has heard of, but generally anything with the name is what people in things like the Antiques Roadshow are always looking for.
"We had a great deal of international interest with bidders from across the world.
"It's interesting that people still continue to be interested in buying items like this, despite the recession."