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Onassis pearls sell for £30,000 at Goodwood festival

Onassis pearls
Image caption The pearl necklace was worn by Jackie Onassis in the 1960s

A simulated pearl necklace once owned by former US First Lady Jackie Onassis has sold for £30,000 at auction.

The triple strand necklace went under the hammer at the inaugural Vintage at Goodwood Festival in West Sussex.

It was one of three pieces worn by the former wife of US President John F Kennedy in the 1960s.

Pearl and diamond ear clips fetched £15,600 and a single strand simulated pearl necklace made £6,000 in the sale by auctioneer Bonhams.

Sunday's Pioneers of Popular Culture sale featured items from 1940 to 1990.

A 1962 Jaguar E-type Series 1 was the top-selling lot, fetching £60,000, while a 1961 Jaguar Mk2 made £25,200.

A rare ape costume from the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey sold for £18,000.

A Challen upright piano from Abbey Road studios, which featured on several Beatles songs and was estimated to fetch £100,000 to £150,000, was withdrawn from the sale.

The auction was the culmination of the first Vintage at Goodwood Festival, a three-day event celebrating British popular culture in music, fashion, art, design and film.

It was the brainchild of fashion designers Wayne and Geraldine Hemmingway with Goodwood owner Lord March.

"The Pioneers of Popular culture sale was a great success, with well over 50% of the buyers being new to Bonhams," said spokesman Jon Baddeley.

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