A pearl and precious stone pendant that once decorated the neck of doomed French Queen Marie Antoinette sold for a record 36.4 million Swiss francs ($36 million) at sale on Wednesday in Geneva.
Not found openly for over 200 years, the pearls had a place with the Bourbon-Parma family, which follows its heredity back to French King Louis XIV. His incredible, extraordinary, extraordinary grandson, King Louis XVI, and his better half Marie Antoinette were executed in 1793. The ruler could carry a portion of her gems outside France before she kicked the bucket.
The pendant is set with an oval precious stone supporting a jewel bow theme and a drop-formed pearl. It was suspended from a three strand pearl neckband that was sold independently. Sotheby’s said the two pieces contained piece of “the most imperative illustrious gems accumulations at any point to come to sell.”
Following a 14-minute challenge, the unknown bidder paid multiple times the high pre-deal gauge of $2 million. Assessments don’t mirror the purchaser’s premium added to the mallet cost of sold articles. The deal deposed Elizabeth Taylor’s 50.6-carat La Peregrina, which sold at Christie’s in 2011 for $11.8 million, as the world’s most costly pearl gem.
Harry Winston paid $50 million for a pink precious stone at Christie’s on Tuesday, setting a record for cost paid per carat for a pearl of that tint. Sotheby’s will hold a different gem closeout in Geneva on Thursday.