Billionaire heiress Francesca Packer goes bargain jewellery hunting at Melissa Caddick’s auction as she finds an absolute steal among the missing fraudster’s haul
- Francesca Packer spent $73,000 on jewellery once owned by Melissa Caddick
- Billionaire heiress bought necklace, detachable bracelet and ruby set clasp
- Caddick never had opportunity to wear jewellery as she later disappeared
Billionaire heiress Francesca Packer has spent tens of thousands of dollars on jewellery once owned by fraudster Melissa Caddick.
Ms Packer forked out $73,000 for the bejewelled items, listed as Lot 136, as they were auctioned off on Wednesday.
The sum is considerably less than the $118,700 initially forked out by Caddick for the jewellery designed by her favourite jeweller Stefano Canturi.
Billionaire heiress Francesca Packer has spent tens of thousands of dollars on jewellery once owned by fraudster Melissa Caddick
Ms Packer forked out $73,000 for the bejewelled items, listed as Lot 136, as they were auctioned off on Wednesday
The haul included a necklace that is interwoven with square and rectangular links and adorned with 12.43 carat diamonds, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Included in the mix were a clasp set with ruby, detachable bracelet and six detachable charms adorned with peals, rubies, moonstones and diamonds.
Caddick had waited five months to receive the items and had planned to wear them on an intimate dinner with her partner Anthony Koletti on November 13, 2020.
However she never had the opportunity to wear them as she disappeared from her Dover Heights home, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, a day earlier on November 12.
Ms Packer is not new to snapping up second-hand jewellery after she bought a 17.34 carat emerald-cut diamond ring set in platinum in 2020.
She paid a staggering $575,000 with the figure setting a new record for the most money spent on a single piece of jewellery.
The sum is considerably less than the $118,700 initially forked out by Caddick for the jewellery designed by her favourite jeweller Stefano Canturi
The previous record was $450,000 for a 8.19 carat heart-shaped diamond necklace bought by a different buyer at an auction in 2011.
Ms Packer has recently been in the headlines after sparking romance rumours with 40-something AFR Young Rich Lister Robert Bates last Saturday.
The pair were spotted kissing and cuddling during a cruise around Sydney Harbour.
Ms Packer and Mr Bates cosied up on the back deck of the luxury yacht while sipping champagne and enjoying time with friends.
The pair also embraced as they made their way to a bar on the vessel.
Francesca Packer with her new boyfriend Robert Bates after spending the day cruising Sydney Harbour on a superyacht
Ms Packer is the granddaughter of the late Kerry Packer and daughter of Gretel Packer and her ex-husband Nick Barham.
She lives in a $16million penthouse in Darlinghurst and is often spotted toting the latest designer handbags and accessories around Sydney.
While her personal net worth is unknown, it was once reported her mother received more than $1billion from her late father’s estate when she severed financial ties with her brother James.