'sale of 21st century': marie antoinette's jewels on show before auction - pearl necklace and earring set
Mary Antoinette's dazzling diamonds and pearls, which have never been seen before the public for two centuries, are on display in London and will be in the most important royal jewellery auction in history next month
The treasures were secretly taken out of Paris in 1791 after the French Revolution, and have since been privately owned by relatives.
Series organized by the Royal Palace of Italy-
Parma, sold by Sotheby's auction house in Geneva on November 14.
The works exhibited at the London headquarters included 10 pieces, which belonged to Marie Antoinette, the last French Queen before the French Revolution.
In October 1793, she was killed in Paris at the age of 37.
"The Romance, magic and universality of her name is because she represents the complexity of the old system.
"That's what she is," Sotheby's senior jewelry director Andres White correar told AFP . ".
"It's sales in the 21 st century.
Because Mary Antoinette is too little, how did you do it?
There's not much left.
"The highlight is Queen Mary Antoinette's Pearl, a $1 natural pearl and diamond pendant --2 million (870,000-1.
EUR 75 million).
Natural pearls and diamond necklaces made of three rows of more than 100 micro-liter pearls are expected to receive $200,000
300,000, the same is true for a pair of natural pearl and diamond pendant earrings.
A letter ring with her lock hair is worth $8,000. 10,000.
Benoit Repellin, a jewelry expert at Sotheby's, told AFP: "This ring is a small diamond ring with a hair and a monogram MA with rose diamonds.
"The value of the diamond itself is very low, but there is an emotional value and historical value behind it.
"A beautiful natural pearl and diamond necklace costs $40,000-
70,000, while double ribbon bow diamond brooch is estimated to be $50,000-80,000.
In March 1791, when King Louis XVI, his wife, Mary Antoinette, and their children tried to escape the French Revolution, royal jewelry was smuggled abroad and entered the trust of a close friend in Brussels.
They were then sent to relatives in Austria and passed on from generation to generation.
Daniela Mascetti said: "This is one of the most important royal jewelry collections ever, and every piece of jewelry is full of history . " Deputy chairman of Sotheby's jewelry Europe.
"This Extraordinary Jewelry Group offers fascinating insight into the lives of the owners hundreds of years ago.
White correyal compares Mary Antoinette to Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra and Princess Diana.
There are some queens with higher political and historical status, but Mary Antoinette is "attractive", he said ". The Bourbon-
The jewelry sold by Parma also includes the jewelry of Charles X, the last monarch in France, including the Diamond headdress;
Jewelry from Queen Mary Serris, Austria
Mother of Mary Antoinette
And the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I, who died in 1916.
The fleur de lys design headwear made in 1912 contains diamonds from the Mary Antoinette brothers Charles X Collectionin-
Law passed away in 1836.
Estimated at $350,000550,000.
The collections are already on display in Hong Kong, Dubai and New York and will continue to travel to Singapore, Taipei and Geneva, where they will be on display under the hammer.