The sale of her bedazzling 270 pieces of jewelry alone will take two days. It's very rare to have such a large single owner jewelry collection to go on auction.
The range of styles and variety of jewelry is also extraordinary and speaks volumes of her love of bling and her own inimitable style. No wonder some have dubbed her jewelry as Hollywood's Crown Jewels.
Two of her many husbands, Mike Todd and Richard Burton, not only bought her magnificent jewelry but historical significant pieces too. One of her most famous necklaces is the historic La Peregrina Pearl necklace. This pearl drop dates back centuries. It once belonged to Queen Mary I of England ( Henry VIII's eldest daughter) - see my past post.
It once belonged to Shah Jahan, the Mughal ruler who gave it to his favorite and beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. She died in childbirth. He later built the Taj Mahal as her mausoleum.
As the collection is so large, here are just a few examples of the incredibly varied jewelry styles she adored. They are wonderfully inspirational to all of us.
These diamond earrings, a gift from Mike Todd, are a modern version of girandole earrings. These were the original chandelier earrings first worn in 17th century France when ladies started to wear their hair up. The name comes from the crystal pendant candelabras of the time.
The Daisy parure by Van Cleef and Arpels is a a stunner with diamonds and chrysophase.
While most of us associate her jewelry with the expensive gemstones (see my tribute post), she displayed her sense of fun in some of her pieces such as this monkey inspired parure by Massoni.
My personal favorite from her huge collection is this tassel parure with diamonds and aquamarine by Lynn Nakamura.
Not all her jewelry was expensive. Among the many smaller items was this geranium leaf inspired aluminum pair of earrings mounted in 18K gold by Jar of Paris. The auction estimate is $1000-$2000.
check out the Christies site.
Christies estimates the jewelry will fetch at least $30 million. Will the final sum top the $50 million fetched for the Duchess of Windsor's jewelry back in 1987? Time will tell! Part of the proceeds will benefit her favorite AIDS charity.
Watch this brief video of the auction preview exhibition of her jewelry, clothes and accessories.
Before You Go :
- Jackie Kennedy's Faux Pearl Necklace fetches $47,000
- Madeleine Albright's Famous Political Pin Collection
- The Making of Princess Charlene of Monaco's Ocean Inspired Jewelry
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