Sotheby’s Last Jewellery Sale of 2020 presents Storied Heirlooms


Concluding a transformative year for the auction world and the jewellery market, Sotheby’s London Fine Jewels Online sale (10-17 December) showcases a selection of fascinating heirlooms, steeped in the stories and legends of their custodians.

At the core of the sale is a spectacular group of jewels from the collection of Flora Sassoon (1856-1936), charting the epic history of the Sassoon dynasty through the centuries and across continents, from Iraq and India to China and England.Sotheby’s London selection of fascinating heirlooms

Picture courtesy of Sotheby’s

Further highlights include a gem-set, pearl and diamond  necklace, circa 1800, that belonged to Emma Hamilton (1765-1815), Admiral Nelson’s famous lover and one of the greatest celebrities of her time, and an early 19th-century amethyst and diamond necklace, gifted by Alexander I (1777-1825) to a German Countess and reminiscent of the opulence of Tsarist Russia.