Results Important stones and jewels emerging from the collections of Helen Hay Whitney, Estée Lauder, Evelyn H. Lauder, Grand Duchess Vladimir of Russia and more propelled the auction of Magnificent Jewels at Sotheby’s New York to achieve $44,151,251. Seven bidders battled for this iconic jewel from the Lauder collection, driving the final price to $2,165,000 and marking a new world auction record price for any ‘Tutti Frutti’ bracelet by Cartier.
Auction Details Jewels with distinguished American provenance highlight the Magnificent Jewels sale -- from Helen Hay Whitney’s resplendent diamond necklace to Matilda Dodge Wilson’s fine emeralds, the storied gems of a bygone era shine brightly this December. Also featured is an iconic ‘Tutti Frutti’ bracelet designed by Cartier circa 1928, just one of the many signed pieces from the collections of Estée Lauder and Evelyn H. Lauder, being sold to benefit The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A private collection of Van Cleef & Arpels diamond jewels worn in the heyday of 1950s café society and a superb pair of emerald and diamond earrings with both Russian and European noble provenance are also included in the sale.
Collectors of fine Art Deco jewels will find exceptional designs made by Cartier, Charlton & Co., Mauboussin and Oscar Heyman & Brothers, as well as a rare Egyptian-Revival motif bracelet from Lacloche Frères. The dazzling array of important diamonds includes a magnificent D-color emerald-cut stone of 25.44 carats, an impressive 50.34 carat marquise-shaped deep brown-orange diamond, a fancy vivid yellow diamond of more than 30 carats, and a beautiful selection of white diamond rings under 10 carats, many signed by top French and American jewelers.