Jewelry ranks high on many holiday gift lists.
At Skinner’s Fine Jewelry Auction Tuesday at 10 a.m. at its Boston gallery, there are more than 800 gift possibilities with estimates ranging from $60,000-$80,000 for a double-strand
jadeite necklace to $300-$500 for a pair of 14-karat gold and jade ear pendants.
The five-figure necklace is among the high-end jewels that only well-heeled Santas might give and that include an Art Deco diamond long chain necklace bezel-set with 61 marquise and 61 old European-cut diamonds ($40,000-$60,000); a Cartier Art Deco round platinum and diamond pendant-brooch set with an old European-cut 1.75-carat diamond ($30,000-$50,000); and a solitaire set with an antique cushion-cut 7.93-carat diamond ($35,000-$45,000).
The jade ear pendants are among a wide choice of jewelry with $300-$500 estimates and as varied as a Cartier 18-karat tricolor gold “Trinity” ring; a Mikimoto cultured pearl necklace; an antique coral suite, including a flower-form pendant and ear pendants in gold mounts; a Tiffany 18-karat gold insect pin with green enamel body and ruby melee eyes; and an Angela Cummings silver necklace.
Jewelry in the $500-$10,000 range includes such choices as a Van Cleef & Arpels
lapel watch ($8,000-$10,000); a Cartier 18-karat gold chain ($6,000-
$8,000); a Tiffany circa 1880 antique gold bracelet ($4,000-$7,000); emerald and diamond ear pendants ($4,000-
$6,000); an Edwardian enamel and diamond pendant ($2,000-$3,000); and a 17-inch-long 14-karat white gold necklace bezel-set with 25 full-cut diamonds joined by a trace-link chain ($600-
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An important suite of Byzantine jewelry from around the sixth or seventh century A.D. highlights Christie’s auction of ancient jewelry Wednesday in New York.
The suite of four gold ornaments, each embellished with emeralds, sapphires, garnets, and pearls, will be sold individually, with the most significant piece a necklace that is expected to bring $200,000-$300,000. The necklace’s gold loop-on-loop chain is interspersed with emerald beads and centered by a box-set cabochon emerald from which a gem-encrusted pendant is suspended.
Other important pieces include a Byzantine gold, garnet, sapphire, and emerald open-work strap necklace or diadem ($80,000-$120,000) and a circa fifth century B.C. 15-inch-wide Scythian gold torque ($180,000-$220,000).
However, there also is a large selection of jewels in the four- and five-figure range, including a Roman circa fourth- or fifth-century A.D. gold and onyx cameo finger ring ($10,000-$15,000) and a pair of Roman circa second- or third-century A.D. gold and garnet earrings ($5,000-$7,000).
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A clock with royal history, The Duc d’Orléans Breguet Sympathique, headlines Sotheby’s Important Watches and Clocks Auction Tuesday in New York.
Made in 1835 by the French watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet, the most inventive horologist of his time, the clock was named after its patron, the Duc d’Orléans, son of France’s King Louis Philippe. It is one of only 12 Breguet Sympathique clocks known to exist, all but four of which are in national museums. They had been commissioned by the Spanish and Russian crowns, Napoleon, and England’s King George IV.
Four of the clocks are in private collections, including the clock being auctioned, which has the most complex Sympathique mechanism of all the known examples. It is the only one known to wind, set the time, and regulate its accompanying pocket watch by means of the integrated cradle mounted in the clock’s pediment. It is expected to bring in excess of $5 million.
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In time for holiday giving and partying is an extremely rare cocktail shaker that Sotheby’s is offering on Dec. 15 at its 20th Century Design Auction.
The circa 1934-36 silver-plated shaker wrapped in wicker was produced by Wilcox Silver Plate Co. of Meriden, Conn. Consigned by a New England collector, the shaker is expected to bring $30,000-$40,000.
The prototype of the shaker was designed by Paul Lobel, the Romanian-born American modern designer, for the 1934 groundbreaking exhibition “Contemporary American Industrial Art” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lobel’s design was slightly modified for production by the Wilcox company. By 1936 the shaker was no longer in production, and only one other shaker is known to exist.
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A new world auction record for a Rolex was set last month at Antiquorum’s Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces Auction in Geneva when a Rolex Single Red Prototype, Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller Submariner sold for $522,827, the highest price ever paid for a sports watch or for a Sea- Dweller.
This was the first time that the watch, purchased in the 1980s by a Japanese collector, had ever appeared at auction. It had been kept in a safe and never worn since its purchase. It is one of only six known examples of the Single Red, which was the prototype for the production model of the Sea-Dweller.
Another extremely rare item was a recently found royal presentation timepiece, a musical fan with a concealed watch attributed to Piguet and Capt, which Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha gave to the Vicomte de Morais.
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Another Boston Celtics ring is up for bids: Robert Parish’s 1986 Celtics National Basketball Association Championship ring,
being offered at Grey Flannel’s Holiday Auction through Dec. 12 (www.greyflannelauc
tions.com). It generated such interest in the opening days of the online auction that 10 bids quickly drove the $5,000 minimum bid to $11,794. Two bids on Hall-of-Famer Parish’s uniform used in the 1985 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star Game have raised the $2,500 opening bid to $2,750.
Headlining the 704-lot auction are Babe Ruth’s earliest known pinstripes and a baseball signed by the Bambino. Bidding on the size 42 game-used home flannel pants he wore on the New York Yankees’ opening day on April 13, 1921, the year they won their first pennant, sent the minimum $25,000 bid to $33,275 shortly after the auction’s start. The minimum bid for the singly-signed baseball with PSA/DNA graded 10 autograph currently remains at $30,000.
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