As the autumn auction season heats up heading into the Geneva sales in November, Sotheby’s has added more fuel to the fire as it announced today that a selection of jewels from the collections of Mrs. Estée Lauder and Mrs. Evelyn H. Lauder will highlight its New York’s Magnificent Jewels sale in December.
A total of 44 jewels will be sold to benefit charity: the sale of 33 pieces from the collection of Evelyn H. Lauder will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and 11 pieces from the collection of Estée Lauder will be sold to benefit the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.
The selection of jewelry features great designs by the world’s leading jewelers, including Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, David Webb, Buccellati, and Oscar Heyman & Brothers – a known favorite of Evelyn H. Lauder’s. Headlining the pieces from the collection is a rare Cartier Tutti Frutti bracelet, circa 1928 (est. $750,000 to $1 million). The last Cartier Tutti Frutti bracelet to sell at auction was at Christie’s in December 2013. The unique jadeite, sapphire, ruby, onyx and diamond version, circa 1930, sold for just over $2 million, a record price for a Cartier Tutti Frutti bracelet at auction.
Mr. Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., said: “My family and I are excited to partner with Sotheby’s on this special auction. Each piece of jewelry is unique and was designed to be timeless. My mother, Estée, and my dear wife, Evelyn, would be thrilled and honored that these much-loved items of theirs are being sold to raise funds for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.”
Between a group of wearable evening and daytime jewels and more formal pieces, the collection of jewelry offers something for any occasion and for everyone.
Highlights from the Lauder jewels in the sale include:
From the Collection of Evelyn H. Lauder
Sold to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®
Platinum, Colored Stone, Diamond and Enamel ‘Tutti Frutti’ Bracelet, Cartier, New York, circa 1928
Estimate: $750,000 – 1 million
This magnificent ‘Tutti Frutti’ bracelet is featured in Hans Nadelhoffer’s seminal book, Cartier: Jewelers Extraordinary. Boasting ripe rubies and emeralds interspersed with spherical onyx berries issuing from diamond-set stems, the piece’s organic qualities are balanced by a symmetry that is both elegant and sophisticated. The focused color palette, absent of sapphires, suggests the piece may have been a special commission. The telltale zig-zag of black enamel, however, is tantamount to a signature, making this piece at once a masterpiece of Art Deco design and quintessentially Cartier.
18 Karat Gold, Platinum and Diamond Brooch and a Pair of Earclips, Sterlé, Paris
Estimate: $25,000 – 35,000
The sculpted gold flowerheads of openwork design, the brooch set with round, single and old European-cut diamonds weighing approximately 11.00 carats, gross weight approximately 31 dwts, signed Sterlé Paris, numbered 10.045, with French assay marks; the earclips of similar design, set with round, single and old European-cut diamonds weighing approximately 4.15 carats, gross weight approximately 16 dwts, signed Sterlé Paris, numbered 10.046, with maker’s marks; circa 1950.
Platinum, Diamond, Sapphire and Emerald Bracelet, Oscar Heyman & Brothers, circa 1925
Estimate: $100,00 – 150,000
Set with three marquise-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 1.95, 1.80 and 1.80 carats, accented by smaller marquise-shaped diamonds weighing approximately 6.30 carats, further set with round, old European and single-cut diamonds weighing approximately 15.00 carats, decorated with cabochon sapphires as well as calibré-cut sapphires and emeralds.
Pair of Platinum, Diamond and Mystery-Set Colored Stone Pendant-Earclips, Van Cleef & Arpels
Estimate: $200,000 – 300,000
The tops of feathered design set with round diamonds weighing approximately 5.00 carats. With two pairs of interchangeable pendants, one pair set with calibré-cut sapphires accented by round diamonds weighing approximately 1.30 carats, the second pair set with calibré-cut rubies accented by round diamonds weighing approximately 1.25 carats.
From the Collection of Estée Lauder
Sold to benefit the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation®
Pair of Platinum, 18 Karat Gold, Colored Diamond and Diamond Earclips, Van Cleef & Arpels
Estimate: $100,000 – 150,000
Centering two Fancy Brown-Yellow diamonds weighing 8.08 and 7.74 carats
18 Karat Gold, Platinum and Diamond Evening Bag, David Webb
Estimate: $15,000 − 20,000
The textured gold pumpkin of fluted design, set with round diamonds weighing approximately 4.00 carats, the interior fitted with a mirror, gross weight approximately 186 dwts, measuring approximately 4½ by 3 by 2½ inches, signed David Webb.
Pair of Platinum and Diamond Clip-Brooches, circa 1935
Estimate: $20,000 – 30,000
Designed as leaves and set with diamonds weighing approximately 14.45 carats
All photos courtesy of Sotheby’s