Friday , May 14 2021

Jewelry in Geneva is over 36 million francs at auction



The Pearl Pendant, owned by French Queen Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), recorded a record price at an auction in Geneva. The jewel was sold for 36.4 million francs. The value is estimated at one to two million.

It was worth the buyer in Geneva over 36 million francs: a big pendant in the form of a fall made of natural pearls and set with diamonds, which once belonged to the French Queen Marie Antoinette. (Picture: KEISTONE / AP / RICHARD DREV)

It was worth the buyer in Geneva over 36 million francs: a big pendant in the form of a fall made of natural pearls and set with diamonds, which once belonged to the French Queen Marie Antoinette. (Picture: KEISTONE / AP / RICHARD DREV)

(SDA, / DPA)

Sothebi's auction house announced on Thursday that it has never sold a pearl on the auction for such a high price. After a 14-minute contest, a man in Geneva got a contract.

The pearl diamond pearl was part of several jewelry from the aristocratic Bourbon-Parma family, including jewelry from the queen and other ancestors. A total of 100 lots from different centuries arrived at the jewelry auction of the family. All sold them and raised a total of 53.5 million francs – seven times more than expected.

All ten royal jewels offered for sale brought 43.1 million Swiss francs. In addition to the pearl pendant, a threefold pearl necklace with a diamond buckle (2.3 million) and a brooch (2.1 million) was sold separately.

Tragic background

Pendant made of pearls, necklaces and brooch Marie Antoinette have a tragic background: they came from a private property of a queen who was executed during the French Revolution by a parachute helmet. Before she was arrested, jewelry was brought to her sister in Belgium. The family should follow, but that was no longer.

The jewelry went to Vienna, from where Marie Theresa, the daughter of the Emperor Maria Theresa, came from. There, the only surviving child, the so-called Madame Roial, received pieces. Then they went to the aristocratic house of Bourbon-Parma. Why they are at auction now is not known.


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