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Old 07-16-2010, 10:28 AM
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Ironic that the only piece of jewellery the DoW received from his mother was a pearl necklace, given her formidable jewel collection, and how generous she was with it to her children.

According to a story in the Financial Times today, some jewellery belonging to the Duchess of Windsor is going on sale at Sotheby's. The pieces include an onyx and diamond panther bracelet made by Cartier in 1952. The piece is expected to fetch in the region of £1.5m.
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Old 09-17-2010, 05:37 PM
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On the Sothebys web site they are showing the auction for the jewels from the Duchess for Novemer 30. No pics yet but I'll keep checking....!!!!
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There are some fabulous pics in this MailOnline article...

'Hold tight'! Collection of stunning jewels given to Wallis Simpson by the Duke of Windsor goes on display at Sotheby's | Mail Online

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Drool...and truly romantic.
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:25 PM
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The auction is approaching

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Old 11-12-2010, 01:53 PM
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DROOOOL....Wasn't the flamingo auctioned before?
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Old 11-13-2010, 11:02 PM
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Duchess of Windsor Jewels

I also updated my page -- http://tudorswiki.sho.com/page/Jewel...yalty+-+Page+2
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Old 11-13-2010, 11:25 PM
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DuchessMary: A private buyer who bought the jewels in 1987 (Sothebys auction of the Duchess of Windsor) is selling them now with Sothebys.
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Do we know why? And any guesses around the board who this "private buyer" is??
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Old 11-30-2010, 05:13 AM
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The royal jewels that scandalised a nation - Telegraph

Would you accept an engagement ring with as much history as Kate Middleton’s? Much as we’ve enjoyed debating the issue, it’s not a dilemma many of us are likely to face. Still, if Prince William does plan to lavish his bride-to-be with emotionally-charged family jewels, he should head to Sotheby’s auction house tonight, where 20 pieces of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s personal collection are being auctioned off.
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:52 PM
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do we know why? And any guesses around the board who this "private buyer" is??
i heard around 20 years, ago that the mouseieff family, (father of dorit , first lady of iceland) was one of the buyers, no proof, just an idle conversation
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Old 11-30-2010, 04:08 PM
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Syrian billionaire Wafic Said bought this collection according to the Telegraph article. Maybe he's bored of the items. Kelly Klein, Calvin's ex, had the QM pearls and sold a year or so ago. I guess if you need some quick cash its the thing to do. Some people aren't that sentimental - think Linleys.
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Old 12-02-2010, 03:13 AM
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From the Sydney Morning Herald, 2 December 2010
Wallis Simpson bracelet sets $7.3m record

Wallis Simpson bracelet sets $7.3m record

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A bracelet owned by Wallis Simpson has sold for a world record £4.5 million ($7.3 million) at auction.

The Cartier-designed onyx-and-diamond panther bracelet was sold at Sotheby's in London on Tuesday night. It is the highest price any bracelet has ever been sold for at auction. It also became the most expensive Cartier item to be sold at any auction.

It was one of 20 pieces owned by the late duke and duchess of Windsor to go under the hammer in the sale, which raised a total of £8 million, dwarfing estimates of about £3 million.

A ruby, sapphire, emerald, citrine and diamond Cartier flamingo clip was one of the other big successes of the night, reaching £1.7 million.
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The royal jewel thieves: The REAL story behind the gems given by a besotted Duke of Windsor to a grasping Wallis Simpson - which this week fetched record prices | Mail Online
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The Cartier Flamingo Brooch is amazing.
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I'm dying to know who bought that bracelet! If it wasn't for the price tag it would have been stunning on Catherine's long slender arms.
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The jewels are simply beautiful!

@ Princejohnny25- Maybe the person who bought the bracelet will send it to Catherine as a gift ?
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Old 12-03-2010, 01:04 PM
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Here is another article about the jewels:

Windsor Jewelry Auction and Mohamed Fayed


This week’s sale to multiple buyers isn’t only the most recent chapter in the long history of the coveted jewels. It has also finally laid to rest former Harrods’ owner Mohamed Al-Fayed’s ambition to acquire what Sotheby’s David Bennett, who worked on both the 1987 & 2010 Windsor jewels auctions, described as “the most important” jewelry collection of the 20th century.

After the Duchess of Windsor died in 1986, Fayed had swiftly acquired the lease on the Windsors’ Paris home in the Bois de Bologne from the then mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac. He has rented it ever since. To his chagrin, the jewels were not included, so Fayed tried desperately to buy them to complete his collection of the Windsors’ Paris memorabilia. He already owned the Paris Ritz in the Place Vendome where the suite the couple spent time in had been named the “Windsor suite.” At the time, Fayed was laboring under the misapprehension that the Royal family would be impressed by his restoration of the villa Windsor. He appeared to think that reminding the British royal family of the darkest chapter in their 20th century history might endear him to the Queen and to the British establishment.

He offered a paltry $9.37 million (£6 million) for the Windsor jewels. The executor of the duchess’ estate, the late Maitre Blum, was unimpressed. The jewels went to auction in Geneva, as the duchess’ will instructed them to, and sold for $50 million. Fayed told me he was incandescent over the 1987 auction and...chose to blame the elderly Jewish lawyer for thwarting his ambitious purchase of the jewels, rather than the Duchess whose will decreed that the jewels be sold for charity.
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Old 12-06-2010, 01:43 AM
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@ Princejohnny25- Maybe the person who bought the bracelet will send it to Catherine as a gift ?
I don't think the Queen would like that. The whole 'scandal' really rocked the monarchy.. I do not think Kate will be receiving that bracelet as a gift. I'd like to think that some of her American family bought the jewels.
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I think majority of the jewels have been bought by private people.
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