The Queen’s younger sister, Princess Margaret, was renowned for her love of dazzling jewellery. Her impressive collection spanned everything from historic royal treasures to Art Deco pieces signed by prestigious French houses, to bold 1960s designs by the likes of John Donald and Andrew Grima.
The public saw a glimpse of the so-called ‘royal rebel’s’ taste in jewels in 2006, when Christie’s auctioned 192 pieces of her jewellery as part of a controversial, £14 million sale of her belongings.
Her children, the Earl of Snowdon and his sister Lady Sarah Chatto, said the sale was necessary to pay for their own children’s education and in order to settle a £3 million inheritance tax bill left when the Princess died in 2002.
Among the items sold in the original jewellery auction, which raised over £9.5 million, was the Poltimore tiara三级成人视频 which Princess Margaret wore at her wedding to photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1960.
三级成人视频The tiara became even more iconic when Armstrong-Jones released a photograph of the Princess wearing it in the bath in 1962. Estimated at £200,000, it sold for £926,400. Its whereabouts is now unknown.
But other jewels from that auction have resurfaced over the years. The latest to do so is a Victorian diamond and enamel bracelet that Princess Margaret received for her 21st birthday. The bracelet features floral clusters of old-cut and rose-cut diamonds, bordered by royal blue enamel.
It was originally made in 1842 by London jeweller T.S. Dismore & Son, but in 1951, to coincide with the Princess’s 21st birthday on August 21, it was re-boxed by then-crown jeweller Garrard and inscribed with ‘crowned M’ and ‘21’.
三级成人视频It is not known who gave Princess Margaret the bracelet, but she was photographed wearing it many times throughout her life. While she later remounted several pieces of antique diamond jewellery into more modern styles, she kept this bracelet in its original setting.
三级成人视频The bracelet originally sold for £48,000 at - six times its original estimate of £6,000 - £8,000. In November 2017, it reappeared at auction at Boningtons in Epping, Essex, along with 12 other royal pieces from the Christie's sale, each one accompanied by a wax-sealed Certificate of Provenance from Kensington Palace. In that sale, it carried an estimate of £20,000 - £30,000.
Now, the bracelet is going under the hammer for a third time, as part of Hong Kong’s Magnificent Jewels auction on July 10. Marked simply as 'from the collection of a Gentleman', it is estimated to fetch $49,000 - $64,500 (£39,000 - £51,500).
三级成人视频The bracelet is a highlight of Sotheby’s return to live auctions this summer. Since the coronavirus crisis, the house has held 13 online jewellery sales, bringing in a total of over $18.4 million, and setting several new records in the process - including a record $3.7 million total for an online jewellery sale, and a new record for the most expensive jewel ever sold in an online-only sale, when a Cartier Tutti Frutti bracelet sold for $1.34 million in April.
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