From a 47-carat necklace owned by the Duchess of Windsor to a $5m ring: Estee and Evelyn Lauder's most precious diamonds go up for auction
18:28 GMT, 6 November 2012
A $2million heart-shaped diamond that once belonged to the Duchess of Windsor is among a trove of jewels from the collections of Estee and Evelyn Lauder that will be auctioned to benefit breast cancer research next month.
The 47.14-carat yellow diamond, one of 35 pieces in the collection, was worn by the Duchess as a ring and was
refashioned as a diamond pendant necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels for
Estee Lauder in 1978.
Sotheby's said the collection is estimated to bring $13 million at the December 5 sale, with proceeds benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation founded by Evelyn in 1993.
The Lauder women: 35 showstopping jewels from the collections
of Estee (left) and Evelyn Lauder will be auctioned on December 5th to benefit breast
She also was the co-creator of the Pink Ribbon, the now familiar breast cancer awareness symbol.
Lauder, who died in 2004, was the founder of the Estee Lauder fragrance
and skincare products company. Her daughter-in-law Evelyn died last
Other top lots in the sale include a
rare Fancy Intense Pink diamond ring. Weighing 6.54 carats, it has a
pre-sale estimate of $4 million to $5 million.
Lauded jewels: This $2 million heart-shaped yellow diamond once belonged to the Duchess of Windsor, and is one of 35 jewels from the collections of Estee and Evelyn Lauder
However it is the showstopping
heart-shaped jewel, the collection's feature item, has intrigued
jewellery fans and auctioneers alike.
the Duchess of Windsor's collection was auctioned by Sotheby's in
Geneva in 1987, missing from the sale was the diamond that the duchess
had bought from Harry Winston in 1951.
Sotheby's prepared for this upcoming auction, it discovered that Estee
Lauder, a close friend of the duchess and duke, had bought it in the
mid-1970s through the duchess' lawyer.
Showstopping: Other top lots in the sale include a pink diamond ring weighing 6.54 carats with a pre-sale estimate of $5 million (left), and an 18-carat white gold, diamond and ruby bracelet estimated at $80,000
Precious pieces: The Lauder's Van Cleef & Arpels ruby and diamond brooch circa 1940 estimated at $80,000 (left) and platinum, 18-carat gold, ruby and diamond necklace circa 1950 estimated at $150,000
The duchess, who died in 1986, sold a number of her jewels during her lifetime.
Estee's son, Leonard Lauder, said his mother always said she bought the diamond from the duchess, the auction house said.
Girl's best friend: Platinum and diamond
internally flawless pear-shaped earrings estimated at $1.5 million
(left) and a platinum and diamond ring weighing 22.16 carats estimated
at $3 million (right)
Mr. Lauder told WWD: 'I know that both my mother Este and my dear wife Evelyn would be pleased that these items are being sold to raise funds for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.'
Highlights of the collection will be exhibited in Geneva, London and Los Angeles before going on display for four days on Dec. 1 in New York.