The jewel was the flagship in the sale, organized by Sotheby's Wednesday night and defeated for ten minutes. Nine other pieces belonging to the Queen of France, owned by Bourbon-Parma, were scattered.
A royal label like Marie Antoinette, a beloved or pissed figure, had every chance to provoke wild lusts and look up the auction. Wednesday evening, the queen has electrified Geneva, a fortress in the jewelry market, where Sotheby has spread their jewels, who have spoken so much about them in recent weeks. Bidders from 43 countries (including 55% online shoppers) were at this historic rendezvous on Lake Lake Geneva.
At 10:35 pm, under David Bennett's hammer, World Fashion Designer at Sotheby's, the last selling rate, the beautiful diamond pendant with a pear shaped natural pearl of exceptional size jumped to 32 million Swiss francs (hammer battle, 36.4 million Swiss francs with fees or $ 36.2 million). The battle was long and tense between a bidder from the Middle East and another, European, on the phone to get this record for a gem. It was at last the European that won. The brochure was estimated at between 1 and 2 million Swiss francs (between EUR 890 000 and EUR 1.78 million).
The sale began with a blow when the auction owner announced Marie-Antoinette's magic name to start the auction. Among the other flagship parties, the beautiful earrings were decorated with fine pearls of 447,000 Swiss francs (with fees) against an estimate of 200,000 to 300,000 Swiss francs, the necklace of fine pearls, whose valuation did not exceed the 70,000 Swiss francs to 447 000 Swiss francs and the three lines to 2.3 million Swiss francs. The ring with the Queen's "MA" ring containing one of her hair locks, estimated very modest 8,000 to 10,000 Swiss francs, flew from the first few minutes to 447,000 Swiss francs. It was a Russian buyer who took it away.
The wife of Louis XVI had many diamond jewelry including the beautiful brooch from the late nineteenth century, decorated with a beautiful yellow diamond. The diamond knot belonged to Marie Antoinette, the yellow diamond has been added later. Estimated between $ 50,000 and $ 80,000, it ended with 2.1 million Swiss francs (with fees).
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A few hours before sales began to increase the tension. "We have many orders from all directions, suggesting that buyers from the Middle East and Asia can be in the game. The Chinese, the enthusiast of the kingdoms and empires, have obviously understood the historical magic of these jewels," said expert Magali Tesseire, head of the jewelry department in Sotheby's France. As always, the museums did not reveal themselves not to brace the competition and raise prices. A brief note: The Honorary Legion Museum would like to acquire the party 87. The Order of the Holy Spirit threw its diamonds in accordance with Charles X's will and was re-assembled on the Tiara in sales.
Without the Marie-Antoinette provenance, such prices would never have been achieved. It has to be said that this mythical pedigree had allowed Sotheby to make a big hype. Auctions at the end of the catalog to keep the show all the way, the ten pieces had made a world tour, from Hong Kong to Dubai, through New York, London, Singapore, Taipei and finally Geneva. For a matter of timing, the Charpentier gallery was completely busy with the sale of Pierre Bergés housing in October, Paris had been deprived of seeing these jewels. It was doing some of France, the kingdoms and queens where these jewels would have earned return, going to the Louvre or even more to Versailles, in the house where Marie Antoinette lived until her escape was missing on 20 and 21 June 1791 in Varenne, with Louis XVI and his family. Before leaving, she had sent her jewelry to Brussels, which had been forwarded to relatives in Austria, her homeland.
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Arrested in Varennes, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette guillotinated in October 1793 and their son Louis XVII died in captivity. The only survivor of the French Revolution, their daughter, Marie-Thérèse, France, was released in December 1795. On arrival in Vienna, the Emperor of Austria gave him jewels of his mother, preciously preserved. Without children, she told part of it for her niece and adopted daughter Louise of France, the duchess of Parma and grandson of King Charles X, who in turn gave them to their son, Robert I, the last duke of Parma to rule. Like all other parts of the sale, they come from Marie-Antoinette from all branches of the scattered family in Europe. Sold in Geneva, they do not fall under childbirth, a weapon used by the will of French museums, usually with a "national treasure" ranking, which prevents the bite from leaving the territory and deprives it of the Auction International.
Radio and television broadcaster Stéphane Bern sounded the predecessor of the national legacy alarm in mid-October and responded to this sale of Sotheby on his twitter account. Before we begin the debate on BFMTV: "What happens if the Louvre and the Ministry of Culture returned to France this historical legacy?" "Certainly, it starts with a good idea, but we have to act, immediately retorted, Pierre-Jean Chalençon, the well-known collector of Napoleonic memories became the star to the show" Offers Completed "on France 2.
This passionate all-fire that currently exposes its treasures empire in Shanghai Himlaya Museum has launched a pot that ends December 31, 2018, to raise funds for the acquisition of some of the famous jewelry. "Please, just do not say just that you like," he said to his Facebook account, you also have to attend the height of your funds. Then proceed and click. "With the benefit of his popularity, he shouted:" What is our heritage! If the French state does nothing, I'm ready to leave my country and offer my collection elsewhere when I decide. "He was behind his phone tonight trying to buy a lot or more. We know her reactivity, which often becomes impulsive. She may be good this time!
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