Barbara Taylor Bradford jewels make nearly a million

Barbara Taylor Bradford

40 jewels from the collection of worldwide best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford sold for £980,600 at auction today.

The Leeds-born author's collection was auctioned as part of the Fine Jewellery Sale at Bonhams, New Bond Street.

Her collection consisted of 40 pieces given to the author during her 49-year-long marriage to her film and TV producer husband Robert Bradford.

The top lot in the collection was a diamond single-stone ring by David Morris which was secured by a bidder on the telephone for £446,500.

Barbara Taylor Bradford said: "I am delighted with the result of the sale and wish those who were lucky enough to have bought a piece of my jewellery as much joy from it as I have had."