The ‘Tenner’ ring is thought to date from 19th century and its owner, who bought it in the 1980s, was unaware of its true value

A diamond ring that was purchased at a car boot sale for £10 has been sold for £656,750 at auction.

The cushion-shaped jewel was expected to fetch up to £350,000 when it went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London, but in the end was snapped up for close to twice that amount. Named the “Tenner” diamond, the ring was purchased in the 1980s from a car boot sale.

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