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.
Please note that one of the earring backs has become detached and will be repaired for the purchaser by Sotheby's.
Please note that although signed VCA, this piece cannot be authenticated.
Please note that the pearl on the stem of the watch has become detached and will be repaired for the purchaser.
Please note the violet-blue colored stones are tanzanites, and the pink stones are tourmalines, not sapphires as stated in the printed catalogue.
Please note the pearls have not been tested for natural origin.
Please note that the strand has become detached and will be repaired for the purchaser by Sotheby's.
Please note that a rivet has become detached at a link and will be repaired for the purchaser by Sotheby's.
Please note that this piece is accompanied by Gubelin report from February 16th, 2016 stating that the purple-pink sapphire has no indications of heating.
Please note this lot is accompanied by Gübelin report no. 16030065 stating that the sapphire is of Kashmir origin, with no indications of heating.
Please note this lot is accompanied by Gübelin report no.16030112 stating that the ruby is of Burmese origin, with no indications of heating. Together with Information Sheets on unheated rubies and rubies from Mogok, Burma.