most expensive mont blanc pen Watches and jewellery given to ambassadors auctioned for a fraction of their original value

mont blanc pen sets gifts Watches and jewellery given to ambassadors auctioned for a fraction of their original value

Watches by Baume et Mercier (example pictured) and Givenchy, which can be worth as much as 3,000, are among items accepted by diplomats abroad then sold by the Foreign Office

Luxury watches and jewellery given as gifts to ambassadors and their staff are being auctioned off for a fraction of their original value.

Watches by Baume et Mercier and Givenchy, which can be worth as much as 3,000, are among items accepted by diplomats abroad then sold by the Foreign Office.

The Mail on Sunday has obtained a list of auctioned gifts, which includes bracelets, a gold coin, Mont Blanc pens, prayer beads, cufflinks, candle sticks,
most expensive mont blanc pen Watches and jewellery given to ambassadors auctioned for a fraction of their original value
a blanket, a tie, earrings and even a 3G mobile device.

In two years the Government has taken

in 10,401.66 at Birmingham auction house Fellows. The buyers are not

aware they are bidding on diplomatic gifts and any inscriptions areWatches sold by the FCO fetched anywhere between 800 and just 18.

Its a bit like buying a brand new car the minute you drive it off the forecourt youre taking first hit depreciation.the FCO refused to say which countries presents it had sold, a Freedom

of Information request revealed it has received tens of thousands of

pounds worth of gifts from regimes such as Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and

Burma in the past three years.

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