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    An extremely rare emerald and diamond tiara – the most important to have come to auction in 30 years – will be offered at  Sotheby’s sale of magnificent jewels in Geneva on May 17. It  is composed of 11 exceptionally rare Columbian emerald pear-shaped drops which weigh over 500 carats in total. The tiara was commissioned by the First Prince von Donnersmarck for his second wife Princess Katharina  (1862-1929). Their jewellery collection was known to be on a par with, or even to have exceeded, those of many of the crowned heads of Europe.
    The emeralds may have originally adorned the neck of a Maharajah and are believed to have been in the personal collection of Princess  Eugénie. It is thought the piece may have been commissioned from renowned jewellers Chaumet.  The estimate is £3.1-6.2 million (CHF 4.5-9 million / $5-10 million). (click on image to enlarge)
    UPDATE:  IT MADE  CHF 11,282,500/ $12,736,927, the highest price ever achieved for a tiara at auction.

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