Sotheby’s to Offer over 250 Jewels from Iconic Designers

Leah Meirovich

Sotheby’s will showcase more than 250 iconic jewels from a single collector, including the largest collection of René Boivin pieces ever to come to auction.

The jewelry, which was amassed over half a century, will feature at a sale called Iconic Jewels: Her Sense of Style, Sotheby’s said last week. It will take place across two auctions, one during Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sales in Geneva on May 14, and the other online from May 2 to 16.

The entire collection is expected to fetch between CHF 4.7 million and CHF 7.3 million ($5.4 million and $8.3 million). It includes the most iconic pieces and influential trends from prestigious houses such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Boucheron, Chaumet, and David Webb.

Within the offering is a group of nearly 30 lots designed by French jeweler René Boivin, a record number for the designer at auction, Sotheby’s noted.

The top item at the sale is a pair of Bulgari earrings containing two fancy-yellow diamonds each weighing just under 10 carats. The set, which previously belonged to the Baroness di Portanova, is estimated to fetch up to CHF 600,000 ($678,673).

“When you come across a jewelry collection as consistently stunning and substantial as [this one], it’s a heart-stopping moment — the kind you know you’ll never forget,” said Marie-Cécile Cisamolo, a jewelry specialist at Sotheby’s Geneva. “[It] is truly one of a kind and one of the most important private jewelry collections I’ve ever seen.”

Here are the rest of the top items:

A rare Serpenti bracelet-watch, named Theodorus, which is accompanied by an original drawing from the Bulgari archives dated 1968, carries a presale price of CHF 200,000 to CHF 400,000 ($226,224 to $452,449).

This Tutti Frutti bracelet by Cartier is estimated to bring in CHF 200,000 to CHF 400,000.

A Cartier Belle Epoque devant de corsage diamond and rock crystal brooch will go up for auction with an expected range of CHF 200,000 to CHF 400,000.

Sotheby’s will sell this diamond and emerald Cartier Panthère Leopard bangle dated 1969 for between CHF 250,000 and CHF 350,000 ($282,780 to $395,892).

A necklace and earring set by Monture Cartier will also go up for auction. The jewels are estimated at CHF 150,000 to CHF 200,000 ($169,668 to $226,224).

Main image: The yellow-diamond earrings. (Sotheby’s)

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