King Edward VII’s Gift to Wife May Sell for $ 2 Million
A ruby and diamond bracelet gifted by Britain’s King Edward VII to the American socialite Wallis Simpson in 1938 may be worth millions: According to IDEX Online, Christie’s Geneva will auction the piece for $1.08 million to $2.015 million at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva on 9 November.
The avant-garde Art Deco bracelet was Edward’s first gift to Simpson as they celebrated their first wedding anniversary while vacationing on the French Riviera. Edward abdicated in 1936 and became Duke of Windsor to marry the twice-divorced Simpson.
According to the report, the rubies and diamonds “had been set previously on a necklace by Cartier Paris for its stock in 1937. A year later they were reworked into the bangle for the Duchess, who died aged 89 in 1986.”