Sotheby’s Jewel Sale Sparkles


By Clive Kandel

Enormous success for Sotheby’s Sparkling Season Jewels, 9 December 2009

The Jewels from the Estate of Lúcia Moreira Salles brought $5.9 Million, bringing a sales total of $30,582,751

Lúcia Moreira Salles was the muse for both Valentino and Coco Chanel, at one point working as Chanel’s exclusive house model. Among the top jewels of the collection were three exquisite gem stones mounted by revered Paris designer JAR – a Diamond “String” Ring set with an oval diamond weighing 16.04 carats, an Emerald and Diamond Ring, set with a cabochon Colombian emerald weighing approximately 27 carats mounted in platinum and purportedly formerly in the private collection of King Farouk of Egypt and sold to Salles by Pat Saling, the rare gem dealer, and a Ruby and Diamond Ring set with a sugarloaf cabochon Burmese ruby weighing approximately 16.30 carats.

Cartier ‘Aladdin’ Art Deco Purse. Sotheby’s Images

My prediction was correct for the results of the two Cartier works of art formerly in the collection of Mrs. Cole Porter and Russian Princess Natalie Paley. The Egyptian-Style Jeweled Scarab Belt Buckle created by Cartier in Paris in 1926 sold for $302,500 and a Cartier Egyptian-Style Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, Diamond, Black Onyx and Enamel Bracelet made in Paris and dating to 1929 totaled $242,500.

Cartier ‘Aladdin’ Art Deco Purse. Sotheby’s Images

Lot 260, the 1920’s Cartier Paris “Aladdin” Model black enamel and diamond set purse, had originally belonged to the Ranee of Pudukota, and was sold by the Cartier collector and dealer Clive Kandel to Fred Leighton in 1981, who had it re-covered from the original black antelope to black alligator.

Images Courtesy of Sotheby’s Images