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The Cowdray Pearls
A Natural Grey Pearl Necklace
Estimated price: £280,000-350,000
Price realized: £2,169,250

Following a highly successful sale of works from the Pearson family collection at Cowdray Park last year, Christie’s auctioned the late Lady Pearson’s pearls known as the ‘Cowdray Pearls’ as part of the Important Jewels Sale on Wednesday, June 13.

These rare and beautiful pearls set a world record price at auction for natural grey pearls, fetching £2.1 million.

The necklace, a single row of 38 graduated natural pearls, is a testament to the Vicountess’ discerning taste as a distinguished connoisseur and collector. Lady Pearson was the wife of the 1st Viscount Cowdray, who developed his family firm, S Pearson and Son Ltd, from a small company in Bradford into one of the most successful business empires of the 20th century. Pearson PLC exists today as a global media and education company and the largest book publisher in the world.

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on August 26, 2012.