A cheating husband showered his wife with expensive jewellery every time he repeated infidelity, leading her to gather a collection worth almost 300,000 pounds.
Businessman Robert Charlton, from Leicester, UK, made up for breaking his wedding vows by gifting diamond jewels to wife Elizabeth, who was apparently aware of his extra-marital activities.
The unusual arrangement was said to have worked for the couple until Charlton passed away aged 63 in 1979.
Elizabeth, who allegedly told friends the gifts made it easier for her to forgive her husband, died in 2006, leaving her collection to their only child Marie, who put it to auction and raised 286,000 pounds.
“It is a beautiful collection of fine diamond jewellery. There were 43 items in total,” the Daily Express quoted Clare Durham, of auctioneers Woolley and Wallis of Salisbury, Wiltshire, as saying.
Clare added: “His daughter was aware of what was going on and the family have told us the story – it was no secret.”