Sotheby’s 19 April Auction of Magnificent Jewels is led by the Magnificent and Rare Shirley Temple Blue Diamond. Weighing an impressive 9.54 carats, the charming cushion-cut Fancy Blue Diamond ring was originally purchased by the child star’s father George Temple in 1940 as the film The Blue Bird was completed. To offer such a spectacular stone, bolstered by the impressive provenance of one of America’s brightest stars is an incredible opportunity worthy of a Hollywood ending. Sotheby’s is privileged to again be entrusted with the sale of another one of the world’s greatest blue diamonds.
Also on offer are treasures fit for any style and occasion, from Belle Époque beauties and Deco dazzlers to glittering contemporary creations. Including a fine selection of colored stones mounted by famed Philadelphia jeweler J.E. Caldwell, the sale also presents an impressive array of diamonds and gemstones fashioned into a variety of exceptional jewels.
Highlights from the Collection of Mamdouha and Elmer Holmes Bobst include sculptural jewels designed by Marianne Ostier and fantastical creations by Donald Claflin for Tiffany & Co. Rich in their design history, the proceeds of this Collection benefit the charitable efforts which are the pillars of the Bobst legacy. Taken together, these bold, colorful jewels speak of a woman who dressed for all occasions with confidence and a clear sense of personal style.