A ring bought at a car boot sale for £10 30 years ago because it was believed to be costume jewellery, is now expected to fetch £350,000 at auction, reports the Daily Mail.

The 26.27 carat, cushion-shaped, white diamond, was purchased at a sale at the West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth in west London in the 1980s, and was presumed not to be real because 19th Century diamonds were not cut to show off their brilliance like today's gems.

It is going under the hammer at Sotheby's in London in July and their head of London jewellery department Jessica Wyndham commented: “The owner would wear it out shopping, wear it day-to-day. It's a good looking ring. But it was bought as a costume jewel. No-one had any idea it had any intrinsic value at all.”

Eventually the ring was brought into Sotheby's after a jeweller told the owner it could have substantial value.


The Daily Express has joined in the 80th birthday celebrations for Mary Bloxham, Margaret Coleman and Georgina Leech who are Britain's oldest triplets.

They were all born on May 20, 1937 in the Hall Green area of Birmingham. Their mother Mabel Bloxham only expected one child and the chances of triplets surviving in the 1930s were very slim. 

After being born in their mother’s bedroom , a piece of coloured wool was wrapped around each of their wrists, pink for Mary, green for Margaret and yellow for Georgina. 

Since then, their mother made them clothes which included each of those colours. 


The Daily Mail tells us that the Wimbledon tennis tournament in July will enable some local residents to cash in on their properties.

The tournament, one of the biggest in the world, means that everyone from top players to referees and television crews need a place to stay and properties are often rented out for the period.

The Mail says that a six-bedroom house with a sauna, a stylish swimming pool and cinema currently for rent on Bathgate Road in the heart of Wimbledon's upmarket Village area will cost £15,000 a week!


More expensive houses are featured in an article in The Guardian which says that Sandbanks in Dorset, has once again emerged as the most expensive seaside town in the country.

The average price is now just more than £664,000. Next is Salcombe, further along the south coast in Devon, where a house will cost £618,000.


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