Sotheby's London Fine Jewels sale achieved a total of £4,783,200 with a fabulous assortment of more than 400 lots of period and signed pieces, including a section of items formerly the property of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
Highlights included a sapphire bracelet, Cartier, circa 1945, which achieved £230,500, along with a natural pearl, sapphire and diamond necklace, early 20th century, which sold for £158,500 - more than six times its pre-sale low estimate.
A fabulous assortment of over 450 lots of period and signed pieces will be offered on 12 December in London's Fine Jewels sale, including a section of items formerly the property of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, mostly from a single owner collection. Highlights include a stylish coral torsade by Cartier and a pair of coral and diamond jester clip brooches, by Van Cleef & Arpels, together with several cigarette cases and boxes with enchanting personal inscriptions.
Other jewels with exciting provenance include two lots from the collection of British actress Alexandra Bastedo, best known for her role as secret agent Sharron Macready in the 1968 science fiction adventure series The Champions and two lots formerly the property of Flora Sassoon and originally offered by Sotheby's in 2008.
The late 19th and early 20th centuries are well represented in the sale with a series of dramatic diamond-set tiaras, an impressive devant de corsage from the 1850s, natural pearls and several Art Nouveau pieces such as a captivating pendant by Solié dating from 1905 set with alluring carved opals.