Auction Results

Magnificent Jewels from the Collection of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman

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SALE TOTAL

15,541,188 USD
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Sale Number: N08925 Lots : 63

Overview

OVERVIEW

Sotheby’s is honored to offer an important selection of jewelry from the collection of philanthropist, arts patron and collector Mrs. Charles Wrightsman.  Together with her husband, Charles Wrightsman, Mrs. Wrightsman assembled one of the most impressive private collections in the world.  Comprising French 18th-century furniture and decorative arts and important European paintings, much of the their collection now lives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Featuring more than 60 pieces, the magnificent jewelry collection to be offered on 5 December, is reflective of Mrs. Wrightsman’s elegant style and connoisseurship, and includes many pieces by Cartier, Verdura and JAR, as well as historically important diamond jewels, natural pearls, and classic designs that are a mixture of color and texture.  The sale will culminate with the offering of an historic Imperial Russian jewel once in the collections of Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia and her daughter HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent.  This remarkably rare mid-19th century diamond bow brooch was worn to the coronations of King George VI in 1937 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

RESULTS

WEDNESDAY, 5 DECEMBER, NEW YORK - Jewelry from the collections of Estée Lauder, Evelyn H. Lauder and Mrs.Charles Wrightsman led today’s auctions at Sotheby’s New York to achieve $64,765,013, exceeding their overall pre-sale high estimate of $63.3 million. This figure raises the 2012 total for Sotheby’s worldwide jewelry auctions to $450.5 million – already a new record high for the company’s sales in this category, with one auction remaining this month – and also marks the highest-ever total for a day of jewelry sales at Sotheby’s New York.

“It has been an honor to present the collections of these great women at auction,” commented Lisa Hubbard, Chairman, North & South America, Sotheby’s International Jewelry Division. “With Mrs. Wrightsman’s jewels, we saw how her connoisseurship and legendary eye translated to a collection encompassing everything from coral pieces to antique diamonds and natural pearls. And in researching the Lauder collections, we have been overwhelmed by how many lives both Estée and Evelyn touched. It is particularly gratifying to know that the success of today’s sale will continue Evelyn Lauder’s mission by supporting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.”

 

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Contact Information

Lisa Hubbard
Co-Chairman, North and South America
International Jewellery
+1 212 606 7392
lisa.hubbard@sothebys.com
Gary Schuler
Co-Chairman, North and South America
International Jewellery
+1 212 606 7095
gary.schuler@sothebys.com
Carol Elkins
Senior Vice President
Senior Specialist
Jewellery
+1 415 772 9027
carol.elkins@sothebys.com
Beth Wassarman
Senior Vice President
Senior Business Director
Jewellery
+1 212 606 7540
beth.wassarman@sothebys.com
Robin Wright
Vice President
Specialist
Jewellery
+1 212 894 1246
robin.wright@sothebys.com
Catharine Becket
Vice President
Specialist
Jewellery
+1 212 894 1027
catharine.becket@sothebys.com
Quig Bruning
Deputy Director
Specialist
Jewellery
+44 20 7293 5589
quig.bruning@sothebys.com
Kendall Reed
Assistant Vice President
Specialist
Jewellery
+1 212 606 7392
kendall.reed@sothebys.com
Alexandria Olszewski
Post Sale Manager
For Post-Sale Buyer Payment
and Shipping Queries
+1 212 606 7444
uspostsaleservices@sothebys.com