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    Monday, September 27th, 2021

    This diamond and ruby bangle – a sleek and sophisticated Cartier reinterpretation of the Art Deco style – was the first anniversary gift the Duchess of Windsor received from her husband, the Duke of Windsor, on June 3, 1938. It comes up at Christie’s in Geneva on November 9 with an estimate of CHF 1 million – CHF 2 million (€920,000-€1.85 million). It is inscribed “For our first anniversary of June third”. At the time the couple were holidaying on the French Riviera in Antibes at the Villa La Croë. In December 1936, Edward VIII famously abdicated the British throne to marry the twice-divorced American Wallis Warfield Simpson. They were married in France at the Château de Candé in June 1937. It comes to auction for the first time since the landmark auction of 1987 Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor,


    Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

    This onyx and diamond panther bracelet with emerald eyes by Cartier established a new record price for any bracelet at auction. (click to enlarge)

    The 20 exceptional jewels and precious objects formerly in the collection of The Duchess of Windsor made £7,975,550 at Sotheby’s in London on November 30.  This figure was well in excess of the pre-sale expectations of £2,906,000.  The sale was 100% sold by lot and value.

    The top-selling lot was an onyx and diamond panther bracelet by Cartier, Paris in 1952.  It was chased by four bidders and made £4,521,250, more than double the pre-sale estimate of £1-1.5 million.  This price establishes a new record for Cartier at auction and for any bracelet at auction.  The second highest price was paid for a ruby, sapphire, emerald, citrine and diamond flamingo clip, mounted by Cartier, Paris, 1940.  It was purchased by Collection Cartier for £1,721,250, a price comfortably over pre-sale expectations of £1-1.5 million.
    The jewellery was mostly bought by Edward VIII for his American wife Wallis Simpson.  He renounced his claim to the British throne in 1936 to marry the American divorcee and they became the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
    The original Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor sale in 1986 made 31 million pounds and still ranks as the most valuable single owner jewellery sale ever.  The 20 pieces in this sale came from a single owner who acquired them at the 1986 auction.