A 15th century gold ring discovered by a metal detectorist has realised £35,000 ($53,914) at Sotheby's London.
The piece was discovered on the grounds of Launde Abbey in Leicestershire, UK, the former home of Thomas Cromwell's son, Gregory.
It beat an estimate of £30,000 ($46,078) by 16.6%.
Erik Bijzet, old master sculpture and works of art specialist at Sotheby's, explained in the run-up to the July 9 sale: "The movement of wealthy patrons around a major monastery, the violence with which the rich institution must have taken for the Crown, and the importance of the subsequent inhabitants are all reasons for a ring of this significance to have been deposited in its vicinity."
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