What would you spend on a pair of exquisitely-made cufflinks?

Owning a piece of history cufflinks with a fascinating past

What if they were custom-made cufflinks that enjoyed an unrivalled place in history?

How often do we read headlines where beautiful pieces of art or jewellery belonging to the rich and famous are sold off at auction? Wouldn’t it be incredible to own a little bit of history?

You may need a generous wallet to accommodate such items, however. We’ve found some fascinating examples of cufflinks that have made their mark in the auction world.

The most expensive pair of cufflinks to be sold at auction was in 1987, when the jewels belonging to Wallis Simpson, wife of Edward VIII, were put up for sale for $440,000. The unique platinum pieces, which featured baguette diamonds and bore the initials W and E, were given to the King in 1935 by his lover, before their affair became public.

There is no doubt that their provenance – English royalty and more than a whiff of scandal – added to the appeal of these antique cufflinks.

When the Fabergé jewellery of the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, a Romanov, was discovered in Sweden in 2009, there was global interest. But even auction experts were stunned at the response.

No one expected the cufflinks to go for more than 20-times the highest estimate. The tenth wedding anniversary pieces, which dated from 1884, sold for a staggering £103,250 and set a record for the auction house.

A second pair, which was made to celebrate the Grand Duchess’ 11th wedding anniversary, went for £73,250. The original estimate was between £3,000 and £5,000. A further three pairs realised a total of £159,750.

Presidential memorabilia has a huge following, especially items belonging to John F Kennedy. JFK’s yellow gold 14 karat cufflinks, which he gave to close friends and White House staff, caught buyers’ attention.

In one sale, one pair of these rare and coveted cufflinks, which feature his signature on the back and the Presidential Seal, sold for $11,500, while another pair went for $5,750. A third pair, which was sold with a gold tie pin, fetched more than $8,500.

Going back even further in US Presidential history, a pair of gold and black enamelled cufflinks that belonged to Abraham Lincoln also fetched a tidy sum in New York in 2010.

Although strictly speaking they are button covers, these fine cufflinks were said to be similar to those he wore on the night he was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in April 1865. Estimated to fetch between $3,000 and $5,000, they actually realised $13,750.

At Esquire Originals, we’re fine cufflink designers who appreciate cufflink designs throughout time. While these exquisite pieces will undoubtedly be cherished by their buyers, owning a piece of your own fashion history doesn’t have to cost the earth.

As creators of superior cufflinks, we work with individuals and groups to make a wide range of custom cufflinks. Whether you want fabric, engraved, silver or gold cufflinks, or even novelty cufflinks, we can design and make heirlooms to mark a particular occasion.

We’d be happy to talk to you about the design you want. We can’t promise they will make you tens of thousands of pounds in the future, but they will look a million dollars.