Nellie Melba’s trinkets sell for an Aussie fortunemain
Sotheby’s Australia had a boom night with 162 pieces of bric-a-brac from the household of the mighty diva, who died in 1931. A 1915 Cartier clock of her mantelpiece sold for A$244,000, (US$185,000), while a Cartier diamond, gem-set and silk brocaded evening clutch (whatever that might be) went for A$39,000.
Total sale was a shade under A$2m (US$1.5m).
Further items, it was announced, are heading for sale overseas.
You have been warned.