Betty Boothroyd’s 9-carat diamond ring for sale

Baroness Boothroyd’s 9-carat diamond ring, which she bought after claiming “a diamond can never be too large”, is to be sold at auction.

The late Speaker of the House of Commons bought the ring from her favourite Westminster jeweller, who had been tasked with finding a suitable diamond for the baroness.

When the jeweller found the diamond, he telephoned her and she asked him to bring it to The House as soon as possible, telling him: “A diamond can never be too large!”

The ring is one of a few prized possessions that belonged to Lady Boothroyd set to be auctioned this month.

The items are expected to make £200,000, with the ring alone expected to fetch between £70,000 to £100,000.

Also for sale is her black leather dispatch box bearing the cypher for Elizabeth II and Lady Boothroyd that is expected to sell for £300.

A Lachasse London cotton and silk cocktail suit worn by the baroness at Lord Lloyd-Webber’s house party in the summer of 1997 is estimated to sell for between £100 to £200.

Framed photos of her meeting Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela also feature, as well as a bust of the baroness that carries an estimate of £300 to £500.

Lady Boothroyd auctioned off some of her “life story” treasures in 2021.

At that sale, a box gifted to her by Boris Yeltsin, the late Russian president, was expected to fetch £50 but sold for £2,400.

Other items auctioned off included a limited-edition ceramic figure of Lawrence of Arabia, and personal items including costume jewellery and a mirror from her dressing room.

Other items for sale include her black leather dispatch box, and a bust of the baroness

Other items for sale include her black leather dispatch box, and a bust of the baroness – BNPS

Lady Boothroyd, who died last year at the age of 93, held an auction

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