Historically important wedding jewels once owned by Spanish royalty and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis will be among the lead items in Christie’s May 13 auction of Magnificent Jewels in Geneva.
The Maria Christina Royal Devant-de-Corsage brooch was presented as a wedding gift in November 1879 from King Alfonso XII of Spain to his wife, the Archduchess Maria Christina of Austria, soon to be Queen Consort and then Queen Regent of Spain. The brooch, currently in the collection of Baroness Thyssen-Bornemizsa, is expected to fetch $1.5 to $2 million, according to the auction house.
From the property of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is a pair of ruby and diamond ear pendants and a matching ring, by Van Cleef & Arpels. It also was presented as a wedding gift by Aristotle Onassis in 1968. Its estimate is $250,000 – $350,000.
While these two items may be the most historically significant pieces, they are by no means the most expensive of the sale of 351 jewels and gems that is expected to achieve more than $80 million.
Source: Forbes Life