Marie-Antoinette's Diamond Bracelets Bring Over $8 Million at Auction

  • November 10, 2021 22:22

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A pair of diamond bracelets once owned by Marie-Antoinette sold for $8.2 million at auction.

A pair of diamond bracelets that belonged to Marie Antoinette, the last Queen of France, went for more than double its high estimate at auction in Geneva on Tuesday.

Consisting of three strands of diamonds each and containing 112 stones, the bracelets sold for $8.2 million, the second highest price ever paid for a jewel belonging to Marie Antoinette, according to Christie's. The estimate range was $2 million to $4 million.

The queen acquired the bracelets in 1776, just two years after taking the throne with her husband King Louis XVI, a Christie's statement read.

A trunk containing the bracelets was sent to the ambassador of the Austrian Empire for safekeeping in 1791 when the French Revolution took hold. After Marie Antoinette was beheaded in 1793, the bracelets were eventually given to her daughter, according to Christie's.

"What is miraculous is that they have remained together and intact when they could have easily been broken up, as many other jewels of royal provenance have been," Jean-Marc Lunel, senior international specialist in the jewelry department at Christie's in Geneva, said in the statement.

In November 2018, a pearl and diamond pendant owned by Marie Antoinette brought more than $36 million at auction, well above pre-sale estimate of $1 million to $2 million.

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