A hoard of gems accrued over 40 years by a collector who ‘loves sparkly things’ is being sold in Britain with a retail value of £8 million ($12.4 million, 11.1 million euros), an auction house said Friday. Rubies, emeralds, tanzanites and sapphires ‘ethically sourced’ from all over the world are among more than 680 gemstones being sold from the largest collection of its kind in Britain, John Pye Auctions said. Their anonymous owner hopes to take advantage of a rising value for gems. ‘Auction rooms across the globe are seeing record-breaking sales,’ said Sheldon Miller, a director of the auction house, which will sell the first lot in September. ‘We are expecting substantial interest from international buyers. It is extremely rare a collection of this

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