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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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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.