Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Auction totals $37 million
According to the release of the auction house, Sotheby’s magnificent jewels sale on November 17 totals $37 million. Big important jewels in this auction included Roxburghe Rubies suite. According to the release, the 5th Earl of Rosebery is believed to have purchased the necklace and earrings most likely a present for his wife, Hannah, who passed it down to her daughter, the Marchioness of Crewe who, in turn, gave it to her daughter, Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe. The ruby jewelry was the property of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe in UK. A suite containing a necklace and earrings , the necklace contains 24 cushion-shaped rubies and 24 similarly shaped diamonds that dates to the late 19th century, brought $5.77 million, five times the set’s estimated price.
2.52-carat, vivid green diamond the largest of its kind at auction sold for $3,8 million. Another rare find was a fancy intense blue 3.17-carat diamond ring for $2,52 million. A fancy pink, cushion-shaped, 6.63-carat diamond fetched $1.41 million and$3.13 million for a 74.8-carat fancy vivid-yellow diamond ring.
A fine sapphire and diamond combination from the collection of the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna brought $478, 215 – more than three times the high estimate. It is believed that the jewels were secretly taken out of Russia by a British diplomat after the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917. They were kept in one of the city’s banks for several years before being given back to Maria Pavlovna, who managed to flee revolutionary Russia.
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