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The 170-carat necklace “sparked an international bidding war”
Art Deco Cartier Necklace
Credit: Bonhams

A 1940s Art Deco Aquamarine and Diamond Necklace by Cartier brought down the house in Bonhams last week (Dec 4) when it sold for £459,000 (about $604,000) – tripling its pre-sale estimate. The 170-carat necklace “sparked an international bidding war”, according to the auction house.


Bonhams jewelry auction house
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Other highlights at Bonhams sale of London Jewels included rare private collections of Art Deco clocks, which sold for $1.5 million. 22 out of the 23 clocks were made by Cartier, and most were fashioned in Art Deco. The star performer was a ‘Model A’ Art Deco Rock Crystal, Gold, Agate, Enamel and Diamond-Set ‘Mystery Clock’ by Cartier, made in 1919. The piece sold for $794,000, almost doubling its pre-sale estimate.


Gem Diamond Bracelet Cartier
Credit: Sotheby’s


Another prominent piece sold was “Lost jewel” by Cartier, a 99-carat emerald, crystal and diamond necklace from the collection of poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West. It, too, sold above its estimate, raking in $135,000.

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