This November, a collection of jewelry spanning two centuries of European history from the most prominent royal families will be auctioned at Sotheby’s.
During Sotheby’s Luxury Week in Geneva on Nov. 6 and 7, 200 pieces from royal houses linked to the Austrian Hapsburg dynasty will go on display for the first time in nearly a century after being discovered hidden away in a bank vault. With an estimate ranging from $3.3 million to $5.6 million, the single-owner collection will be offered in two auctions.
“The collection is truly exceptional, boasting a unique combination of magnificent ceremonial court jewels worn by the women of Europe’s elite and royal families, as well as an important assemblage of men's dress accessories, cigarette cases and objets de vertu,” said Andres White Correal, deputy chairman and jewelry senior director at Sotheby’s.
“Presented together, their superior craftsmanship and exquisite design brilliantly showcases the style and grandeur of the Habsburg court and permit us a rich and fascinating glimpse into the private lives of these European ruling houses when the court of Vienna was at its most powerful and opulent.”