AUCTIONS – Jewellery bought by Hollywood actor Steve McQueen for first wife beats pre-sale estimates at Bonhams California sale

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LOS ANGELES  Bonhams presented the first California Jewels sale of 2024 on February 13 which included the spectacular 13-lot collection of Neile Adams McQueen (1932- ), first wife of actor Steve McQueen (1930 –1980). 

The 350-lot sale made a total of US$2,091,912 with 78% sold by lot and 100% sold by value.

Emily Waterfall, Director of Bonhams Jewelry Department in Los Angeles, said: “The first California Jewels sale of 2024, included some extraordinary jewelry with exceptional stones and exquisite craftsmanship.

“We were honored to present the collection of Neile Adams McQueen, which embodied her taste and discernment as a collector and celebrates such a spectacular figure in the entertainment history. Competition was fierce on the top lots with bidding by international buyers achieving figures above the pre-sale estimates.

 Highlights include:

  • Purchased by Steve McQueen on their 13th wedding anniversary – a platinum, Fancy light yellow diamond and diamond ring featuring a central pear-shaped brilliant-cut Fancy light yellow diamond of VS2 clarity, weighing 5.92 carats, accented by tapered-baguette diamonds.
  • AUCTIONS – Jewellery bought by Hollywood actor Steve McQueen for first wife beats pre-sale estimates at Bonhams California sale
  • Picture courtesy of Bonhams
  • The ring exceeded its pre-sale estimate to achieve US$40,960.