A sapphire and diamond brooch and matching earrings, which had been a part of the royal jewels from Russia’s Romanov household smuggled in a foreign country through the 1917 revolution, offered for 806,500 Swiss francs ($883,641.94) on Wednesday, Sotheby’s mentioned.
The worth netted for the historic set on the Geneva public sale was practically twice the high-end of the pre-sale estimate, it mentioned.
The customer, bidding by phone, selected to stay nameless, Sotheby’s spokesperson Hanae Rebelo mentioned.
The massive oval brooch and earclips had belonged to Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, spouse of Grand Duke Vladimir. She was additionally the aunt of the final Russian Emperor Nicholas II.
“Jewels with a extra storied provenance hardly ever come to public sale, and the looks of those beautiful sapphire and diamond items sparked curiosity from collectors worldwide, “Sotheby’s mentioned in an announcement.
The set was entrusted to Pavlovna’s pal the British diplomat Albert Henry Stopford, who took them to London for safekeeping together with different jewels, the public sale home mentioned.
“Wearing workman’s garments, Stopford was despatched to secretly accumulate the jewels from the Grand Duchess’s residence, the as but un-pillaged 360-room Vladimir Palace on the celebrated Neva embankment. Let in via a facet door by Maria Pavlovna’s eldest son Boris and a trusted servant, he dismantled the jewels, folding the items into outdated newspaper to guard them,” it mentioned.
Stopford, after visiting Pavlovna within the Caucasus, set off for London in Sept. 1917 carrying 244 items of her jewels and deposited them in a financial institution there, it added.
Pavlovna fled Russia in 1919 and died the subsequent 12 months in Paris. The jewels had been handed to her daughter, Princess Elena of Greece and Denmark, and saved within the household till they first appeared at public sale in November 2009, once they had been purchased by “one other European princely household” who offered them on Wednesday.