The jewels of Wallis Simpson – which sold for what


We reveal the top lots of the sale and how much they sold for.

Onyx and diamond panther bracelet by Cartier – After competition from four potential buyers the bracelet, which was made in Paris in 1952, sold for £4,521,250, more than double the pre-sale estimate for the bracelet of £1 million to £1.5 million. This price established a new record for Cartier at auction and also for any bracelet at auction.

Ruby, sapphire, emerald, citrine and diamond clip by Cartier – Estimated at £1 million to £1.5 million, this brooch attained the second-highest price of the evening when it sold for £1,721,250. It was made in 1940 by Jeanne Toussaint of Cartier in Paris.

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Diamond bracelet by Cartier that supports nine gem-set Latin crosses – Each cross represents special moments of The Duchess’s life during the years 1934 to 1944 and is a jewel of great personal significance and one of her favourite pieces. It was sold for £601,250 against an estimate of £350,000 to £450,000.

Heart-shaped emerald, ruby and diamond brooch by Cartier – This piece was made in Paris and was decorated with the initials W.E. (Wallis, Edward), commissioned by the Duke in 1957 to mark the couple’s 20th wedding anniversary. It was the subject of a great deal of competition and eventually sold for £205,250 against an estimate of £100,000 to £150,000.

Gold and gem-set cigarette case by Cartier – This cigarette case was made in London in 1935. The front of the case is decorated with a map of Europe in yellow and red gold, inscribed with the names of various locations, each represented by a cabochon gem or brilliant-cut diamond. The interior is inscribed and dated, reading “David from Wallis Christmas 1935”. The case sold for £181,250 against an estimate of £150,000 to £200,000.

Gold and diamond nécessaire du soir by Cartier – Crafted In the form of an egg by Cartier in Paris in 1947 with twisted ropework borders, this piece sold for £139,250 against an estimate of £70,000.

Diamond dress suite by Cartier – This piece was made in London in 1935 and engraved with the initials W and E and the inscription “Hold Tight”, a phrase often employed by the Duke and the Duchess in their correspondence before their marriage. This suite made £115,250 against an estimate of £70,000 to £90,000.

Gold Vimy Pilgrimage medal – Once property of Edward, the Prince of Wales, this rare gold Vimy Pilgrimage Medal from 1936 was worn by the Duke of Windsor, then King Edward VIII and the King of Canada at the unveiling of The Canadian Great War memorial at Vimy Ridge in France in 1936. The medal, estimated at £2,000 to £3,000, realised £12,500 at auction.

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