Sotheby’s to sell emerald and diamond tiara
Geneva, March 26, 2011 – David Bennett, Sotheby’s Chairman of Jewellery for Europe and the Middle East, has announced that Sotheby’s will sell the most valuable emerald and diamond Tiara to have appeared at auction in over 30 years in its sale of Magnificent and Noble Jewels in Geneva on May 17, 2011.
Estimated to sell for $5-10 million (CHF 4.5-9 million), the extremely rare Tiara is composed of 11 exceptionally rare Colombian emerald pear-shaped drops which weigh over 500 carats in total and may well have originally adorned the neck of a Maharajah.
This tiara was commissioned circa 1900, possibly from the renowned jewellers Chaumet, by Guido Count von Henckel, First Prince von Donnersmarck, for his second wife Princess Katharina.
The jewellery collection of the Donnersmarcks was known to be on a par with, or even to have exceeded, those of many of the crowned heads of Europe.