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15th Century Ring Once Belonged to Joan of Arc Sold For £297,600

15th Century Ring Once Belonged to Joan of Arc Sold For £297,600

The 15th century ring that may once have belonged to Joan of Arc has returned to France after 600 years. The silver-gilt piece owned by French heroine was put under the hammer by TimeLine Auctions where sold for a staggering £297,600, despite its estimated sum of £10,000 – £14,000. The ring was bought by the Puy du Fou foundation, which runs a historical theme park in France.

15th Century Ring Once Belonged to Joan of Arc Sold For £297,600
15th Century Ring Once Belonged to Joan of Arc Sold For £297,600

The ring was presented in an oak casket along with documentation including BBC features, newspaper articles, research notes and exhibition catalogues. It has been a first-communion gift to Joan from her parents and her connection to it has been detailed in catalogue printed by F. A. Harman Oates in 1917. The faceted bezel of the silver gilt ring is inscribed with the letters “I M” (representing Jesus Maria) instead of images of saints which is uncommon for this type of ring.

15th Century Ring Once Belonged to Joan of Arc Sold For £297,600
15th Century Ring Once Belonged to Joan of Arc Sold For £297,600

Joan gave the treasured ring to an English cardinal before she was burned at the stake in 1431. It remained in England ever since, and there is documentation to establish its provenance.
The ring will be unveiled at a press conference on March 20 and will be on public display in mid-April.

15th Century Ring Once Belonged to Joan of Arc Sold For £297,600
15th Century Ring Once Belonged to Joan of Arc Sold For £297,600

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Written by Slamchica

Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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