Pearl earrings hidden in drawer go for £1.6m at auction

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A pair of pearl and diamond earrings left hidden in a drawer since 1977 have sold for £1.6m at auction.

The jewels were a gift from the exiled Romanian King 'Carol the Second' to his mistress Elena Lupescu.

Left to a woman friend in Wiltshire, who never wore them, the lot was bought at auction in Salisbury by an anonymous bidder.

King Carol II is thought to have leased Upton House in Poole in Dorset and lived while in exile before his death.

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