The diamond and ruby bracelet worn by the Duchess of Windsor is expected to sell up to $2.15 million at auction.
Christie’s has announced that a diamond and ruby bracelet given by Edward, Duke of Windsor, to his wife, Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, in 1938 will be auctioned for the first time since it was sold after her death.
When it goes under the gavel Nov. 9 in Geneva, Switzerland, the bangle, which is an adaptation of the Art Deco Style, is estimated to bring between $1.08 million and $2.15 million, according to the auction house.
The rubies and diamonds were initially set as a necklace in 1937, but Cartier repurposed them into a bracelet that Edward bought a year later. He gave her the necklace on their one-year anniversary, June 3, 1938, while they were vacationing on the French Riviera.
“For our first anniversary on June third,” the duke engraved the bracelet, as he did most of the duchess’ jewels.
In 1936, the former King Edward VIII abdicated the British throne in order to marry Simpson, a divorced American. The couple made their home in France.
“For years, the Windsors were a staple of world society, and their stylish lifestyle and stunning jewelry will always be remembered,” Christie’s stated.
The bracelet will be auctioned for the first time since it was sold in a landmark 1987 sale of Simpson’s jewels, a year after her death. At a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva, a 311-piece collection of her jewels sold for $50.3 million, nearly seven times its estimated worth.
Diamond bracelets worn by French Queen Marie Antoinette will also be auctioned off on Nov. 9. Through Wednesday, items from the Magnificent Jewels sale will be on exhibit in New York City.
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