Historic Christie’s jewellery auction could see pieces fetch a lot more than $150 million

A single of the largest jewelry income in heritage opens next thirty day period in Switzerland, with 700 glittering pieces anticipated to fetch a lot more than $150 million, which include the world’s most highly-priced ruby ring valued at up to $20 million.

Christie’s auction dwelling programs to sell off distinctive parts by Cartier, Harry Winston and Tiffany, among the other people, as portion of the assortment of Austrian philanthropist Heidi Horten, who died past year.

Horten amassed her wealth — and a storied art and jewelry collection — when married to 1st husband Helmut Horten, an entrepreneur and member of the Nazi social gathering who built his fortune from division merchants confiscated from Jewish owners right after the Nazis invaded Austria in 1938.

The couple fulfilled at a bar in 1959, when Heidi was 19, and Helmut was 51.

They married seven yrs later on, and commenced developing an art selection with items by Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele.

When Helmut died in 1987, his spouse inherited his $1 billion fortune and ongoing buying 1-of-a-sort jewelry items from the world’s most storied jewelers.

The Christie’s sale is envisioned to shatter its have records, topping the sale of actress Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery collection, which acquired $116 million in 2011, and a 2019 Christie’s auction of Indian royal jewels which introduced in $109 million.

A 2015 Sotheby’s sale at present holds the all-time record for the sale of jewels at a single auction, with that auction raking in a whopping $160.9 million.

The Horten collection involves the Briolette of India, a 90-carat diamond necklace created by Harry Winston and marketed by Cartier in 1909.

The estimate for the piece is accessible on ask for from the auction property, in accordance to a information launch.

“From a little particular memory piece to the Briolette of India, this is a collector’s dream,” Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s Worldwide Head of Jewelry claimed in a assertion.

“Mrs. Horten eloquently mixed classic and modern day models from the world’s foremost jewelry houses that now characterize some of the greatest illustrations at any time to arrive to current market.”


Heidi and Helmut Horten
Heidi Horten, an Austrian philanthropist, owned part of the assortment.

Cartier’s 25-carat Dawn Ruby ring, which is “of fantastic purity,” is predicted to go for among $15 and $20 million, in accordance to the Christie’s catalog.

At first mined in Myanmar, the rare gemstone is the most highly-priced ruby in record.

It was bought for $30.42 million at the Sotheby’s jewellery auction in Geneva in 2015.

A triple strand of 175 normal saltwater pearls intended by Harry Winston that includes a pink diamond clasp of 11.5 carats has an estimate of $7 million to $10 million.

Yet another Winston piece — the Excellent Mughal emerald and diamond pendant — has a pre-sale estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.

In 2018, Horten paid out $36 million for a pearl that after belonged to Marie Antoinette.

The pearl, which was smuggled out of Versailles in a wooden upper body by courtiers of the doomed French queen, had not been found for centuries.

The pearl and diamond pendant is not aspect of Christie’s sale.

The very first portion of the two-component reside auction collection is scheduled to get started May 10 in Geneva.

Christie’s has also incorporated on line gross sales that run by Might 15.

The remaining jewels in the Horten assortment will be sold in a 2nd on the internet auction in November, the auction dwelling claimed.

Proceeds from the Christie’s sale will profit Horten’s non-revenue foundation, according to Christie’s.