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Precious Spectacles with Diamond & Emerald Lenses from Mughal India to be Offered at Auction with Estimate of Over £4 Million

By Sotheby's
Previously Unseen, the Extraordinary One-Off Objects Will be the Star of
Public Exhibitions in Hong Kong and London

Arts of the Islamic World & India
27 October, Sotheby’s London

A pair of captivating, unrecorded and unique spectacles from an unknown princely treasury give the beholder the gift of observing the world through diamonds and emeralds. The ultimate status symbol, the magnificent artefacts bring together science, beauty and belief – the diamond pair named the Halo of Light, and the emerald pair named the Gate of Paradise. They will be offered at auction for the first time, with estimates of £1.5 – 2.5 million each, having remained in the same collection for almost half a century. Ahead of the sale in October, the spectacles are being exhibited for the first time, set to go on view to the public in Hong Kong (7-11 October) and London (22-26 October).



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