Celebrating Ten Years of Noble Jewels Sales at Sotheby’s

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Since pioneering dedicated Noble Jewels sales in Geneva in 2007, Sotheby's has offered almost 1,500 Noble Jewels for sale for a total of $255 million. These jewels have adorned the elegant evening gowns of queens and distinguished ladies in the splendour of mansions, palaces and castles. They have a story to tell, reflect a lifestyle and encapsulate a bygone era. From the legendary collection of the Duchess of Windsor to the historic jewels of the Princes von Thurn und Taxis and Doria Pamphilj; and from the glamourous treasures of Daisy Fellowes to the superb von Donnersmarck Tiara, Sotheby's has been privileged to handle some of the most extraordinary jewellery creations of European history. Click through to see highlights from the last ten years of Noble Jewels success at Sotheby’s.

Celebrating Ten Years of Noble Jewels Sales at Sotheby’s

  • The Richelieu Sapphires.
    Sold for CHF 7.7 million (US$ 8.4 million)
    Formerly in the Collection of Odile de Richelieu, Countess Gabriel de La Rochefoucauld, Princess de La Rochefoucauld The Richelieu Sapphires, a pair of Magnificent Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond Earrings Weighing 20.88 and 26.66 carats, set a world auction record for sapphires at Sotheby's Geneva in November 2013, far exceeding their estimate of CHF 2.3–4.2 million.

  • Legendary Names: Daisy Fellowes.
    Superb Cartier Sapphire, Emerald and Diamond Clip Panthère.
    Sold for CHF 565,000 (US$ 540,000)
    From the collection of Daisy Fellowes, colourful fixture of European high society and Paris Editor of American Harper's Bazaar, this elegant Cartier clip was estimated at CHF 80,000-120,000 but eventually sold for more than seven times its estimate at CHF 565,000 when sold at Sotheby's in Geneva in May 2008.

  • Legendary Names: Mona Bismarck.
    Important Cartier Jadeite, Onyx, Ruby and Diamond Brooch.
    Sold for CHF 372,500 (US$ 374,500)
    Formerly in the collection of Mona, Countess von Bismarck, this exceptional brooch sold at Sotheby’s Geneva for CHF 372,500, more than double its high estimate of CHF 105,000-155,000.

  • Jasper "Yogi" Gough
    Legendary Names: Duchess of Roxburghe.
    Sold for CHF 5.8 million (US$ 6.3 million)
    Known as The Roxburghe Rubies, these show-stopping  jewels set a world auction record for a suite of rubies when they were sold at Sotheby’s Geneva in November 2009.

  • Bogey
    Great Collections: Duchess of Windsor.
    Cartier Onyx, Emerald and Diamond Panthère Bracelet.
    Sold for £4.5 million (US$7 million)
    From the collection of the Duchess of Windsor (1896–1986) this 1952 bracelet set not only a world auction record for a bracelet, but also a record at the time for a jewel by Cartier. Estimated at £1-1.5 million, the item reached £4.5 million (US$7 million) when it was sold at Sotheby’s London in November 2010.

  • Brilliant Bracelets:
    Unique and Highly Important Cartier Conch Pearl, Enamel and Diamond Bracelet.
    Sold for CHF 3.3 million (US$ 3.5 million)
    Formerly in the personal collection of Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, this late 1920s conch pearl, enamel and diamond Bracelet by Cartier was sold at Sotheby’s in Geneva for CHF 3.3 million in November 2012, setting a new  world auction record for a conch pearl jewel.

  • Photographer
    Magnificent Tiaras:
    Magnificent and Highly Important Emerald and Diamond Tiara.
    Sold for CHF 11.6 million (US$ 12.7 million)
    This piece, formerly in the collection of Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck sold at Sotheby’s Geneva for  CHF 11.6 million in May 2011, setting three world auction records: for a tiara, an antique jewel and an emerald jewel.

  • Jasper "Yogi" Gough
    Historic Diamonds: The Beau Sancy.
    Modified Pear Double Rose Cut Diamond.
    Sold for CHF 9,042,500 (US$ 9,699,618)
    One of the most important royal diamonds ever to have come to auction, The Beau Sancy has witnessed 400 years of European history. Passed down through the Royal Families of France, England, Prussia, and the House of Orange, the celebrated stone was worn by Marie de Medici in 1610 at her coronation as Queen Consort of Henri IV of France. The 34.98 carat modified pear double rose cut diamond would have come from the area of Golconda in India, the sole source of diamonds until the discovery of diamond mines in Brazil in the 1720s.

  • Jasper "Yogi" Gough
    Legendary Names: Duchess of Roxburghe.
    Important Cartier Diamond Tiara.
    Sold for CHF 2.4 million (US$ 2.6 million)
    In addition to the The Roxburghe Rubies, this remarkable 1930s diamond tiara also from the Estate of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe, fetched 2.4 million (US$ 2.6 million) at auction in Geneva in 2015, where it was offered with an estimate of CHF 295,000-485,000.

  • Noble Legacy:
    Impressive Diamond Rivière.
    Sold for CHF 1,476,500 (US$ 1,484,429)
    A star piece from the collection of Anna Murat, Princess de Poix, this striking mid-19th Century Rivière was sold in Geneva in May 2017.


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