Jewelry from renowned estates will also be featured in this auction
December 2, 2020: Christie’s is offering a magnificent private collection of jewels on its online platform on December 8. The live auction will offer over 380 jewels featuring a notable selection of colored diamonds, colorless diamonds, and gemstones, alongside important signed pieces by Suzanne Belperron, René Boivin, Bulgari, Cartier, David Webb, Harry Winston, JAR, Marina B, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, and Verdura.
As is the current auction flavor, the highlight of the auction is a Kashmir sapphire and diamond bracelet estimated at $5,000,000-7,000,000). Other notable sapphires include a cabochon Kashmir sapphire ring of 21.72 carats by Van Cleef & Arpels from 1917 ($1,700,000-2,700,000); a Burma sapphire necklace of 80.86 carats ($800,000-1,600,000); and an Art Deco Kashmir sapphire of 12.64 carats and diamond brooch by Cartier, formerly from the collection of Jean Stralem ($1,000,000-1,500,000).
Among other top lots are a pair of fancy intense purplish pink and fancy intense pink diamond earrings of 2.61 and 2.34 carats, potentially internally flawless ($1,200,000-2,200,000); a diamond of 102.61 carats, Y to Z color, VS2 clarity ($800,000-1,200,000); and the Vanderbilt Diamond Necklace ($500,000-800,000) formerly belonging to Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman.
The online auction includes Important Jewels from the Estate of Mrs. Henry Ford II - offering a selection of 43 lots featuring significant signed pieces by Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Verdura. Property from the du Pont Family Collection includes ‘The du Pont Padparadscha’ sapphire ring weighing 24.58 carats ($500,000-700,000) and the 'Sydney Queen' black opal and diamond brooch and two unmounted black opals by Raymond Yard ($60,000-80,000). Property from the Collection of Mary M. and Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. presents over 20 elegant signed jewels including a Burmese ruby and diamond necklace by Cartier, circa 1955 ($150,000-250,000).
Property from the collection of Athena Blackburn sold will benefit charitable causes. Three lots offered in memory of Lana Chenko Haddad will be sold to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).
Christie’s will also offer a collection of contemporary designs including jewels by JAR and Moussaieff. A dedicated section - A Collection of Objects by Daniel Brush – will feature early designs by the artist, the subject of a recent exhibition at the L'Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels in New York.
All the proceeds from sale of a custom-ring by JAR, recreated after the signature jewel made for Elizabeth Taylor on the occasion of her 70th birthday, will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).