Royal jewels and Kobe Bryant’s sneakers set for Geneva public sale


A diamond bracelet that when belonged to France’s Marie Antoinette and a sapphire-and-diamond brooch with matching ear clips that when dangled from a Russian grand duchess are some of the featured pieces in auctions of bijou and different collectibles subsequent week in Geneva.

Additionally going underneath the hammer within the lakeside Swiss town can be a couple of high-top Nike shoes from the past due NBA celebrity Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers taking pictures guard who died in a helicopter crash in California ultimate 12 months.

The blue, white and gold Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K4 basketball sneakers are anticipated to fetch as much as 35,000 Swiss francs (about $38,000) all through a November 11 sale at Sotheby’s. Bryant wore the shoes in a March 17, 2004, victory over the L.A. Clippers, consistent with the public sale space.

Queen Marie-Antoinette, Queen Marie-Antoinette jewels, Queen Marie-Antoinette jewels auction A Christie’s worker shows a couple of diamond bracelets, with roughly 140 to 150 carats and owned via Queen Marie-Antoinette of France, in silver and yellow gold, circa 1776. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone by way of AP)

However as same old within the Geneva fall public sale season, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies and different prized gemstones would be the highlights of subsequent week’s gross sales at Sotheby’s and rival Christie’s.

Christie’s is striking up on Tuesday an eye-popping pair of heavy bracelets from the 18th century which are studded with 3 rows of small diamonds. The bracelets are billed as probably the most ultimate final vestiges of Marie Antoinette’s wealthy jewellery cupboard which are nonetheless to be had on the market.

The public sale space mentioned the famed royal and spouse of King Louis XVI was once recognized to have in moderation wrapped her jewels in cotton herself, hoping to stay them outdoor innovative France – which in the end took her lifestyles by way of the guillotine. The bracelets, commissioned round 1776, have been saved inside of royal lineage for over 200 years, Christie’s mentioned.

Christie's, Christie's auction A Christie’s worker shows the Nitot early nineteenth century diamonds ears of wheat tiara vari-chaped old-cut diamonds, silver and gold, circa 1811, previously the valuables of Princess Pauline Borghese. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone by way of AP)

“In spite of Marie-Antoinette’s seize within the French Revolution and her unlucky dying in 1793, the bracelets survived and have been handed directly to her daughter, Madame Royale, after which the Duchess of Parma,” mentioned Max Fawcett, head of Christie’s jewellery division, referring respectively to Marie-Therese of France, the couple’s daughter, and Princess Louise d’Artois, who died in 1864.

“To look them up for public sale nowadays is a novel alternative for creditors world wide to possess a work of French royal historical past,” Fawcett mentioned.

The pre-sale estimate for the bracelets is as much as 4 million Swiss francs ($4.38 million). They every weigh 97 grams (3.42 oz.), and come with “old-cut” diamonds in addition to silver and gold, Christie’s mentioned.

A few of the rather a lot Sotheby’s plans to give on Wednesday is a couple of “completely matched” earrings, every set with 25.8-carat diamonds, this is anticipated to fetch as much as 5 million francs ($5.5 million).

Christie's, Christie's auction, Christie's auction Duchess of Windsor A ruby and diamond first anniversaire bracelet from 1938 signed Cartier and belongings of a Woman previously from the choice of the Duchess of Windsor, all through a preview on the Christie’s in Geneva. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone by way of AP)

It’ll additionally exhibit a brooch with a 26.8-carat oval sapphire surrounded via diamonds, and matching ear clips that when belonged to Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna and have been whisked out of Russia all through the rustic’s 1917 revolution. The trio is predicted to garner up to 480,000 francs ($525,800).

“She was once the spouse of Grand Duke Vladimir, the son of the tsar, and she or he was once in reality captivated with jewellery. She had an unbelievable choice of jewels,” Olivier Wagner, the pinnacle of Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels gross sales, mentioned.

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