• Short Summary

    AN AUCTION OF JEWELLERY IN GENEVA YESTERDAY (THURSDAY, APRIL 23) REALISED 1,331,114 POUNDS STERLING (13,976,700 SWISS FRANCS) -- A WORLD RECORD FOR A JEWELLERY AUCTION.

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    AN AUCTION OF JEWELLERY IN GENEVA YESTERDAY (THURSDAY, APRIL 23) REALISED 1,331,114 POUNDS STERLING (13,976,700 SWISS FRANCS) -- A WORLD RECORD FOR A JEWELLERY AUCTION.

    IT WAS ORGANISED BY CHRISTIE'S, THE LONDON AUCTIONEERS, WHO SET THE PREVIOUS RECORD OF 1,236,264 POUNDS STERLING (12,707,000 SWISS FRANCS) WHEN THE DYER COLLECTION WENT ON SALE IN GENEVA LAST MAY.

    THE TOP PRICE OF 209,253 STERLING (2,200,000 SWISS FRANCS) WAS PAID FOR A PAIR OF PENDANT EARRINGS DESCRIBED IN THE CATALOGUE AS THE PROPERTY OF A FORMER QUEEN. CHRISTIE'S SAID THE PRICE WAS THE HIGHEST EVER PAID FOR EAR-PENDANTS. SOURCES OUTSIDE CHRISTIE'S SAID IT BELONGED TO PRINCESS SORAYA, FORMER EMPRESS OF IRAN. EACH OF THE EARRINGS WAS COMPOSED OF A PEAR-SHAPED DIAMOND, HELD BY A MARQUISE DIAMOND AND DROP DIAMOND TREFOIL MOTIF. THE PAIR WAS BOUGHT BY A CHRISTIE'S REPRESENTATIVE FOR A PRIVATE CLIENT IN ENGLAND.

    A WEST GERMAN BANKER FROM ZURICH PAID ABOUT 12,400 STERLING (125,000 FRANCS) FOR A DIADEM WHICH BELONGED TO PAULINE BORGHESE, SISTER OF NAPOLEON THE FIRST. ACCORDING TO FAMILY TRADITION IT WAS GIVEN TO HER BY NAPOLEON.

    AN EMERALD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE WHICH CAN ALSO BE WORN AS A TIARA WAS AMONG THE ITEMS UP FOR SALE. MADE BY CARTIER IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURY, IT IS COMPOSED OF FIVE ROUND CABOCHON EMERALDS, SURROUNDED BY AN OPENWORK DESIGN OF ROUND DIAMONDS.

    ANOTHER DIAMOND AND EMERALD NECKLACE WAS ACCOMPANIED BY A MATCHING BROOCH CONTAINING A CUSHION-SHAPED EMERALD OF ABOUT 13.50 CARATS FLANKED BY TWO SQUARE EMERALDS OF ABOUT 5 CARATS. THE CENTRAL EMERALD DROP OF ABOUT 15 CARATS HAS A MATCHING SET OF EMERALDS - (ABOUT II CARATS EACH) ONE ON EACH SIDE. THE EMERALDS ARE ALL SURROUNDED BY DIAMONDS WHOSE TOTAL WEIGHT IS APPROXIMATELY 5.75 CARATS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEHU3MP9NMPS9YK0PLMFYQ0XXU
    Media URN:
    VLVAEHU3MP9NMPS9YK0PLMFYQ0XXU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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