Only 50 percent of the items we sell online are acquired from the public. We get the other half from jewelers, pawnbrokers and dealers from the Americas and Europe.
The subject today was purchased from a jeweler up north who bought it from a retiree in his town. He bought it advantageously and made a tidy profit by selling it to us for under $10,000. Rather than sending it to auction, we relied on our collectors network and were able to achieve $16,000 for this tiny but incredibly important vintage platinum brooch. It is an Art Deco gem-set brooch by Cartier.