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David Ramsay: A circa 1618 early silver and gilt-metal oval astronomical verge watch with portrait engraving of King James I sold for £989,000.
An ornate watch made for King James I that has survived the past 600 years perfectly in tact has sold for just shy of £1 million - four times its initial estimate.
The silver and gilt watch was commissioned by King James, the son of Mary Queen of Scots, in 1618 and made by his chief clockmaker David Ramsay.
Experts suspect the King had the intricate watch made as a gift for a family member, possibly Frederick V, who was husband to his daughter Elizabeth.
The watch had been tipped to fetch between £150,000 and £250,000 at an auction held by London saleroom Sotheby's but when the hammer fell the bidding had reached a staggering £989,000.