By Vincent Meylan
For hundreds of years, the tales of the world's nice jewelry collections have lain hidden in the information of Christie's, the distinguished auctioneers. From the tragic eu queens, Mary, Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette - either beheaded - to Hollywood royalty similar to Elizabeth Taylor, the vaults sparkle with the main celebrated (and sometimes infamous) names of the final 250 years. Following on from the luck of his books on Boucheron: the key information, Van Cleef & Arpels: Treasures and Legends and Mellerio: Jewellers to the Queens of Europe, writer Vincent Meylan explores those striking jewelry data, revealing the mysteries inside for the 1st time.
Each sale had its intrigue, each one its tale to inform. the 1st public sale of knickknack from the British royal relatives happened at Christie's in 1773, after the demise of the Princess of Wales, mom of George III. because the information exhibit, within the next centuries, Christie's has been social gathering to the sale of bijou via numerous extra generations of British royals, from woman Patricia Ramsay and the Countess of Southesk via to Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. And, within the wake of revolution and regicide extra afield, the crown jewels of France, Russia, Bavaria, Serbia, Egypt, India and Spain have been all offered at Christie's. other than Elizabeth Taylor, the mythical celeb collections of Merle Oberon and Gloria Swanson also are published the following, in addition to the main well-known pearls and diamonds on the planet; each one explored in the context in their vendors' impressive lives.
Expertly curating the broad information, Vincent Meylan has drawn out the most important info of every momentous sale. unique files from the vaults are reproduced within the e-book, along 1000s of color illustrations of the jewels and their proprietors.
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