HOLIDAY TREASURES AT SOTHEBY’S December Auction of Magnificent Jewels Just in time for the holidays, Sotheby’s fi- nal jewelry auction of the fall season will be held in New York on 9 December 2015. The more than 500 pieces on offer – with estimates starting at $5,000 – will be on view in our York Avenue galleries begin- ning 5 December, alongside the auctions of Important Watches and RM Sotheby’s Driven by Disruption sale of notable auto- mobiles. Lisa Hubbard, Co-Chairman of Sotheby’s Jewelry Division, North & South America, commented: “If these jewels could talk, what a tale they would tell: an iconic Art Deco diamond necklace made in 1939 by Van Cleef & Arpels for Queen Nazli of Egypt, and an avantgarde creation made by designer Suzanne Belperron circa 1935 for Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor for whom King Edward VIII gave up his throne. The rare combination of superb original design with romantic prove- nance is irresistible to lovers of fine jewels, and we are thrilled to present them to col- lectors this December.” The December auction is led by a Magnifi- cent and Historic Platinum and Diamond Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels (estimate $3.6/4.6 million), created by the Parisian jeweler in 1939 for Queen Nazli of Egypt. Set with 217 carats of diamonds in a sun- burst motif, the sensational bib-style neck- lace has been called ‘a perfect piece of jewelry’ by Vincent Meylan, author of Van Cleef & Arpels: Treasures and Legends. Queen Nazli (1894-1978), mother of Egypt’s King Farouk, commissioned the diamond necklace and a matching tiara
for the wedding ceremony of her daughter, Princess Fawzia, to the Crown Prince of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, in 1939. According to Vincent Meylan, their wedding banquet was the most lavish event to ever take place in modern Egypt, and Queen Nazli attended literally covered in diamonds. By the late 1940s Queen Nazli had moved to the United States with her jewels and she re- sided primarily in California for the remain- der of her life. A large part of Nazli’s jewelry collection, including her Van Cleef & Arpels diamond necklace and tiara, was sold by Sotheby Parke Bernet in New York in November 1975. The diamond necklace has since remained in a private collection for 40 years, and is to be sold this December for the benefit of a charitable foundation. The auction also will offer two seminal jew- els designed by Suzanne Belperron that were first sold by Sotheby’s Genena in the landmark 1987 auction of The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor : a Pair of White Gold, Chalcedony, Sapphire and Diamond ‘Couronne’ CuffBracelets and a Platinum White Gold, Chalcedony, Sapphire and Diamond ‘Flower.Head* necklace. Made by Belperron in Paris circa 1935, both pieces have since been lauded as iconic exemples of the Duke and Duchess’ vision- ary connoisseurship of 20th century jew- elry design. Their appearance at auction coincides with the relaunch of the Belper- ron salon in New York this fall. >
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