Russian royal family bottle auctions 1,140% over estimate

A spirit bottle adorned with the crest of the Russian royal family made £6,200 ($10,122) at Sworders in Essex, UK on September 10.

In doing so it smashed its estimate of £500 ($816) by 1,140%.

The auction house commented: "A late 17th century Dutch or Bohemian Spirit bottle with links to the Russian royal family saw intense internet bidding.

Russian spirit
The bottle displays the Romanov crest

"A Russian bidder eventually won with a bid of £6,200, no doubt attracted to the wheel engraved arms of the Romanovs.

"The cipher is thought to have been on the Russian Imperial Arms and is that is Empress Elizabeth Petrovna (1709-1761) the daughter of Peter the Great, who toured Europe in late 17th century - and the glass was probably that of the Imperial Glass Manufactory."

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