Jewels & Objects Formerly in the Collection of The Duchess of Windsor Sell for Double-Estimate


LONDON.- Tonight at Sotheby’s, a group of 20 exceptional jewels and precious objects formerly in the collection of The Duchess of Windsor were presented for sale, some 23 years after they were last auctioned in the legendary auction of “The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor” – still the most valuable singleowner jewellery collection ever sold. The 20 pieces, which were announced for sale back in July of this year and have since travelled to Asia, the Middle East, Russia and the US and which also include some of the signature pieces from the 1987 sale, brought a total of £7,975,550 / $12,413,146 / €9,459,004 – a figure well in excess of pre-sale expectations of £2,906,000-4,211,000. In 1987 the 20 pieces had been estimated to sell for £197,531-268,189. Speaking after the sale, David Bennett, Chairman of Sotheby’s Jewellery in Europe and the Middle East, said: “It has