Marie Antoinette, Duchess of Windsor jewels seek new owners at Christie's sale

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A unit diplays a brace of diamond bracelets, with astir 140 to 150 carats and owned by Queen Marie-Antoinette of France, successful metallic and yellowish gold, circa 1776, during a preview astatine Christie's earlier their auction merchantability successful Geneva, Switzerland, November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

GENEVA, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Diamond bracelets that belonged to Marie Antoinette and a ruby and diamond bangle offered to the Duchess of Windsor by her hubby connected their archetypal wedding day volition beryllium connected the auction artifact successful Geneva adjacent week, Christie's said connected Wednesday.

A bluish velvet container bearing a statement "bracelets of Queen Marie Antoinette" holds the treble bracelets, each composed of 3 strings of diamonds and a ample barrette clasp, for a full of 112 diamonds.

The bracelets, present the spot of a European royal family, are expected to fetch $2-4 cardinal astatine the Nov. 9 auction, Christie's said.

"To find jewels with implicit 200 years of French royal past is genuinely thing that collectors and passionate jewellery radical from each implicit the satellite volition beryllium keeping an oculus on," said Max Fawcett, caput of Christie's jewellery section successful Geneva.

"How overmuch is idiosyncratic consenting to wage for thing from the past queen of France? We person seen the results earlier of things sold by Marie Antoinette, that determination truly is nary bounds to however precocious these tin spell and I'm expecting fireworks connected Tuesday."

Marie Antoinette, who sent a missive from situation successful the Tuileries successful Paris saying that a woody thorax with jewels would beryllium sent for safekeeping, was guillotined successful 1793. Her surviving girl Marie Therese, Madame Royale, received the jewels connected her accomplishment successful Austria, the auction location said.

An Art Deco ruby and diamond bangle, ordered by the Duke of Windsor from Cartier, was offered to his American woman connected their archetypal day successful the southbound of France by the antheral who gave up the throne to wed the duchess, Christie's said.

The pre-sale estimation is 1 cardinal to 2 cardinal Swiss francs ($1.10 cardinal to $2.19 million), it said.

The Duchess's postulation of decorator jewels was archetypal offered astatine auction astatine a merchantability held on Lake Geneva successful 1987, wherever bids soared, acold exceeding pre-sale estimates.

Rival Sotheby's volition connection Russian royal jewels smuggled retired of the state during the 1917 revolution, alongside uncommon coloured diamonds, connected Nov. 10 successful Geneva.

Sotheby's told Reuters it was looking for deep-pocketed collectors emerging from the coronavirus pandemic. work much

($1 = 0.9122 Swiss francs)

Reporting by Cecile Mantovani Writing by Stephanie Nebehay Editing by Mark Heinrich

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