Royal auctions

On 14 November an unknown female member of the Spanish royal family sold a beautiful bracelet that once belonged to Queen Victoria Eugenia “Ena” of Spain. It was auctioned at Sotheby’s in Geneva, Switzerland. The bracelet was made by Cartier in the late 1920s. Sotheby’s describes it as a “highly articulated band of vines burgeoning with conch pearl ‘fruits’, the band set with cushion-shaped, circular-, single-cut, and rose diamonds, embellished with black enamel, length approximately 186mm”. The estimated price was set at 750,000 to 1,300,000 Swiss francs, but the bracelet in the end sold for 3,274,500 Swiss francs. A nice video can be found http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2012/magnificent-jewels-ge1205/videos.list.1.html

Only a day earlier Christie’s at Geneva, Switzerland sold the legendary Archduke Joseph diamond. The impressive size of the diamond is 76.02 carats. Besides the diamond has a perfect colour and an internally flawless clarity. It is one of the rarest and most famous diamonds in the world. It origines from the Golconda mines in India. The diamond used to be the property of archduke Joseph August of Austria, Palatine of Hungary (1872-1962). The diamond might have passed on to his son Archduke Joseph Francis (1895-1957), who deposited it in the vaults of the Hungarian General Credit Bank in 1933. Three years later it was sold. Later sales took place in 1961 and 1993. The diamond sold this time for US$21,474,525.

A pure gold bracelet that was given by King Rama VI of Thailand to the Russian dancer Nadeshda Yerusalimsky after she performed at his palace in 1912 was auctioned at Special Auction Services in Berkshire, Great Britain, on 1 November. It was sold by the dancer’s grandchildren. The estimated price was £5,000-8,000, but it was sold for £17,000. The bracelet features seven gold bullet coins, two strike marks of an elephant inside a Chakra and the royal seal of King Rama V, who died in 1910. Nadeshda in 1916 married Welshman Henry Hopkin in Bangkok and had two children.

Some totally different items will be on sale in Colchester, Great Britain, next Tuesday. Among the items are underwear of Queen Victoria of Great Britain, and a piece of the wedding cake of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Also sold is a silver apple that was given by the late Diana Princess of Wales to her dresser Fay Appleby, on the occasion of their first visit to New York in 1989. Furthermore there is a tennis racquet once owned by the Duke of Windsor in the 1930s, a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II featuring a blue police light from Princess Margaret, and a programme from the 1944 Royal Pantomine Old Mother Red Riding Boots signed by the present Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and her sister Princess Margaret.

And if someone needs a royal carriage … on 24 November a 1825 state carriage of the Maharaja of Mysore will be sold at auction by Historics at Brooklands, Surrey, Great Britain. The Maharaja used the carriage to transport European royal, including the Prince of Wales. The value is estimated at £70,000-£100,000.

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