Thinking of fashion, celebrity and the conspicuous consumption of the emerging middle class reminded me of Slim Barrett's East of Paris
tiara (1999) made of 18-carat gold and diamonds for Posh and Beck's wedding. (She was a member of some girlie singing group - Girls Aloud or something like that - and he's a football player.) The tiara comes up for auction at Bonhams Fine Jewellery Sale in London on 5 December with an estimated value of £18,000 to £25,000 (CLICK
). Anyone for bling?