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Mystery of Agatha Christie's diamonds solved

Posted on Saturday, 4 October, 2014 | Comment icon 7 comments

Agatha Christie wrote dozens of books. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Violetriga
Long lost jewelery that belonged to the best-selling novelist has been found in a secret lockbox.
Agatha Christie's popular murder mystery novels have been captivating readers for decades with characters such as Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot becoming household names.

There is however one mystery surrounding the late author that can't be solved by reading to the end of one her books - that of the lost diamonds. Christie had inherited a selection of expensive jewelery from her mother but despite extensive investigation nobody had ever been able to determine what happened to it.

At least that was until Agathie Christie fan Jennifer Grant purchased an old traveling trunk from the author's home in Devon during an estate sale in 2006. Grant, who paid $170 for the item, later discovered that there was a lockbox attached to the underside but there was no key and despite her best efforts she was unable to find a way to open it.
Several years later however Grant was having work done on her house when she decided to see if a crowbar might be able to open the box. Sure enough with a little effort she was finally able to prize open the lid and inside there they were - Agatha Christie's lost diamonds.

"I had read (the) biography and so I knew exactly what I was looking at," she said. "They matched the description exactly. I was nearly hyperventilating !"

The jewels are expected to fetch up to $20,000.

Source: USA Today | Comments (7)

Tags: Agatha Christie, Diamonds

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by jarjarbinks on 4 October, 2014, 17:42
Wow that's really a great story, i would like to see a photo
Comment icon #2 Posted by rashore on 4 October, 2014, 17:45
There is a photo in the source article.
Comment icon #3 Posted by coolguy on 5 October, 2014, 3:01
Very cool after all these years its hidden away in a box
Comment icon #4 Posted by Realm on 5 October, 2014, 12:01
Considering the history of the owner and the way they were lost for so long, you'd think they would fetch much more than $20,000
Comment icon #5 Posted by maximusnow on 6 October, 2014, 14:48
I am more interested in the gold coins!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Poltergeistnz on 13 October, 2014, 11:40
Me too re gold coins. Still a pretty cool discovery. I would have opened that box as soon as I could!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Realm on 14 October, 2014, 16:31
They sold for 50,000 pounds = $79,634.95 U.S currency

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