Welsh Gold Nuggets Sold To Mystery Buyer
If you are awaiting a gold-plated iPhone this Christmas then you may be coo’ing over the recent news that a selection of Welsh gold nuggets have sold for five times their original asking price.
The Welsh gold nuggets weighed in at 60g, and were sold to a mystery bidder, after they went on sale, with the owner expecting to make £8,000. They were sold for £44,000, smashing the original estimate.
Sold at Colwyn Bay Auction the rare find was ‘one of a kind’ according to auctioneer David Rogers-Jones.
“It’s absolutely unique as far as we’re concerned, we’ve never had raw Welsh gold like this before,” he told the BBC.
He said that though some people think that Welsh gold has a particular look and feel to it, he had never sold off Welsh gold before in his 57 years of auctioneering.
Extracted between 1979 and 1981 from the famous Clogau mine, near Dolgellau, there is a certain romanticism to Welsh gold.
The significant sum they were bought for could have a royal twist too. The royals have been known to have Welsh gold wedding bands and rings, showing their patriotism, but also due to the high-quality nature of the gold.
Some wondered whether or not they had actually been bought by Prince Harry, as this week’s engagement revealed that he had designed his bride-to-be Megan Markel’s’ engagement ring himself.
We may well never know, but the appeal of Welsh gold obviously endures.