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Windsor jewels up for auction

12-02-2010 08:56 BJT

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Over in merry ol' England... A diamond and onyx panther bracelet owned by Wallis Simpson, whose love affair with King Edward the 8th led to his abdication, sold for 4-and-a-half million pounds or about 7 million US dollars on Tuesday. This is an auction record both for a bracelet and a Cartier item.

It was the highlight of Sotheby's sale of 20 pieces owned by the late Duke and Duchess of Windsor that raised a total of 8 million pounds, twice the expected amount. The next biggest lot of the auction was a ruby, sapphire, emerald and diamond flamingo clip, also by Cartier, that fetched 1.7 million pounds, also above its high estimate. The 20 lots are just a fraction of the original "Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor" collection. But it is still the most valuable single-owner jewelry sale ever, the collection sold for 31 million pounds, more than seven times the pre-sale estimate.

A diamond and onyx panther bracelet owned by Wallis Simpson, whose love affair
with King Edward the 8th led to his abdication, sold for 4-and-a-half million
pounds or about 7 million US dollars on Tuesday. This is an auction record both
for a bracelet and a Cartier item. (File Photo)


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