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Marlborough gems

The Marlborough gems were a large collection of jewels assembled by the 4th Duke of Marlborough. The collection was composed of more than 730 carved gemstones, including garnets, sapphires, emeralds and many cameos. The most famous cameo, and the Duke's favourite, was The Marriage of Cupid and Psyche.

The Marlborough gems were sold by the 7th Duke of Marlborough at auction to raise money for the maintenance of Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home.

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