Fragment of bed curtain said to have been embroidered by Mary Queen of Scots – £3200 at Hansons.

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Entered by a vendor who bought it for ‘a modest sum’ some years ago when at her Highlands home, the 6in x 13in (15 x 34cm) fragment featured crewel work of a flowerhead and foliage, in blue, red and pink.

It was framed with a portrait of Mary and inscribed From a bed curtain embroidered by Queen Mary of Scotland, while in prison. Presented by the countess of Elgin, a member of the Stuart family, to Mrs Salena C Lynch, nee Girdler, wife of James C Lynch and mother of Dr Henry C Lynch.

Pitched at £400-600, it sold to a collector against two phone rivals at £3200.