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Five years ago, an Ohio woman purchased a costume jewelry brooch, or so she thought, for just $8. Last week, it sold at auction for more than $26,000!

"The owner of the brooch gave it to her daughter to wear to church but she placed it in the bottom of her handbag and forgot about it. On a visit to a jeweller many months later, she was told the brooch was not costume but was, in fact, a very real and very valuable piece of 20th-century jewellery," said Bonhams Auction house in the US.

Set throughout with old European-cut diamonds, the brooch features an old mine-cut diamond, weighing 1.39 carats, a rectangular-shaped emerald originating from Colombia and weighing about 1.50 carats and an oval-shaped Burmese ruby, weighing 0.60 carat.

Five years ago, an Ohio woman purchased a costume jewelry brooch, or so she thought, for just $8. Last week, it sold at auction for more than $26,000! "The owner of the brooch gave it to her daughter to wear to church but she placed it in the bottom of her handbag and forgot about it. On a visit to a jeweller many months later, she was told the brooch was not costume but was, in fact, a very real and very valuable piece of 20th-century jewellery," said Bonhams Auction house in the US. Set throughout with old European-cut diamonds, the brooch features an old mine-cut diamond, weighing 1.39 carats, a rectangular-shaped emerald originating from Colombia and weighing about 1.50 carats and an oval-shaped Burmese ruby, weighing 0.60 carat.

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