Royal heirlooms from world over to be auctioned at Sotheby's London
February 19, 2015: Following the great success of last year’s “Of Royal and Noble Descent” sale, Sotheby’s London will present a further selection of 250 exceptional royal and aristocratic heirlooms on February 24, 2015. Covering centuries of history and originating from the four corners of the world, including China, Latin America, Saudi Arabia and Europe, this group of furniture, paintings and precious objects not only boasts royal and noble provenance, but also exemplifies the creativity and craftsmanship of their era.
João Magalhães, Sotheby’s Specialist in Continental Furniture, said, “Having survived through inheritance, many of the lots in the sale have fascinating stories to tell and will appear on the market for the first time.”
Highlights in the sale include a rare set of 24 portraits of roman emperors and their consorts after Titian (est. £80,000-120,000/ €102,000-153,000), Prince Heinrich Of Prussia’s silver model of the Warship Kaiser Friedrich III (est. £60,000-100,000/€76,500-128,000), the Archduke Franz Ferdinand hunting sword (est. £8,000-12,000/ €10,200-15,300) and a group of ten royal and imperial presentation boxes, led by jewelled pieces featuring the cyphers of Napoleon III and Mexican Emperor Maximilian.