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Sotheby’s to Auction More French Royal Jewels

Oct 3, 2018 9:56 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Sotheby’s has unveiled further French royal jewels that it will offer at its Geneva auction in November, including a diamond tiara with a price estimate of $350,000 to $550,000.

The headpiece belonged to the house of King Charles X, the final king of France and last of the Bourbon rulers. It will go under the hammer alongside a collection of pieces once belonging to Marie Antoinette that the auctioneer revealed earlier this year.

In addition to a diamond-pendant and natural-pearl necklace estimated at $1 million to $2 million, which Sotheby’s first showcased in June, the November 14 sale will include a pair of natural-pearl and diamond earrings that once belonged to Marie Antoinette, carrying a pre-sale estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. A single-strand natural pearl necklace, valued at $40,000 to $70,000, will also be on offer.

A diamond ring bearing the initials MA, and containing a lock of Marie Antoinette’s hair, will also be up for grabs. So will a ring featuring the monogram and hair of her father-in-law, Louis Dauphin of France, who died before he could ascend the throne, and a diamond plaque bearing the monogram MT set in diamonds, belonging to Marie-Thérèse of Savoie, the Duchess of Parma and wife of Charles II, the Duke of Parma. The two rings and plaque carry a combined estimate of $20,000 to $50,000.

Marie Antoinette spent an entire evening in the Tuileries Palace wrapping her jewels in cotton as she prepared to escape the country, according to written accounts by her lady-in-waiting.

Sotheby’s will preview highlights from the collection in Hong Kong, Dubai, New York, London, Singapore, Taipei and Geneva ahead of the auction.

Image: Tiara belonging to King Charles X of France. (Sotheby's)
Tags: Duke of Parma, King Charles X, Marie Antoinette, Rapaport News, Sotheby’s, Tuileries Palace
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