Sotheby’s is honored to present the personal collection of the late celebrity jeweler, Fred Leighton. With an acute eye for fine and unusual objects, Mr. Leighton spent much of his life identifying, and transforming heirloom and period jewels into the coveted baubles of society and celebrity clients alike. An early proponent of Art Deco-style jewelry and decorative arts - which are well-represented in his personal collection on offer - Mr. Leighton’s fascination with various periods reinvigorated the market for antique pieces that had fallen out of style.
Reflecting his diverse tastes in jewelry, Mr. Leighton’s domestic interior was a delightful convergence of genres: Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Victorian and Asian. He and his family lived amongst Leighton’s eclectic objects: an Edgar Brandt “Altesse” console adorned with a Buddha, deco crystal urns set behind welcoming arm chairs covered in zebra-style fabric, and Egyptian revival chairs placed in conversation with a 19th Century Mughal silver throne – a piece that, as his wife, Glorya Leighton, once recounted to People Magazine - “Fred loves to sit in it”.
This collection represents the last group of objects and jewels to be personally curated by Mr. Leighton. It is a reflection of his passion for the eclectic and a celebration of his eye for beauty.