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Old 11-11-2009, 03:55 PM
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If anyone is interested, I’ve posted some new information about Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna’s jewellery (to be auctioned at Sotheby’s) here.
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:24 PM
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The jewels of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna that were sold on 17 November in Geneva fetched over $36 million.

An article about the sale from Russia Today.
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:54 PM
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Benjamin, $36 million is the sum all the items combined sold at the auction – and there were a lot of other items, apart from Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna’s jewellery: among them, for example, was a magnificent necklace made of 24 rubies and 24 diamonds and a rare-coloured pearshape diamond.
The Grand Duchess’s jewellery still fetched an impressive sum – 3 times more than the initial estimates.

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Old 11-20-2009, 02:35 PM
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I had red an article about the russian jewells of Mary of Teck that said that the Queen Marie had got these jewells in non legal way, so her niece Queen Elishabeth had to deal a private trate and pay an actualiced price for them

Sorry for my english, i copy the artucle in spanish, and ask for a good traslate in english.

LAS ALHAJAS RUSAS DE MARY DE TECK « Retratos de la Historia - La Coctelera

LAS ALHAJAS RUSAS DE MARY DE TECK

La reina Mary de Teck (1867-1953), consorte del rey Jorge V de Gran-Bretaña e Irlanda, tuvo una infancia marcada por grandes estrecheces pecuniarias gracias a un padre frívolo y a una madre manirrota que dilapidaron su fortuna.
De aquellos años como "pariente pobre" del Gotha Europeo, la reina Mary había adquirido una fobia enfermiza a la pobreza (Peniafobia). Incluso casada con Jorge V, su nuevo estatus de reina consorte y la fortuna de aquél no consiguieron vencer su miedo. Para ella, todos los medios eran válidos con tal de hacerse aún más rica y, a ese comportamiento obsesivo se unió una cualidad muy fea: la racanería.
A lo largo de su vida como soberana consorte, se dedicó a acumular todo tipo de tesoros que pudiesen salvaguardarla de la pobreza: servicios de plata, cuadros, obras de arte y, sobretodo, joyas.
Cuando en ciertas ocasiones era recibida por las familias de la rancia aristocracia británica, éstos se veían en la obligación de esconder todos los objetos valiosos que pudieran atraer su atención o provocar su admiración. Y es que ya estaba en boca de toda la alta sociedad el estiloso modo que tenía la reina Mary para conseguir que, aquello que le agradaba, le fuera ofrecido amablemente. Sabía cómo hacerse con cuadros, joyas u objetos: se pasmaba, se extasiaba de tal manera ante éstos que sus propietarios, entre presionados y queriendo congraciarse a la reina, se veían casi obligados a regalárselos (aunque fuera a regañadientes).

Las Joyas Rusas & la Reina Cleptómana


Retrato de la Zarina Maria Feodorovna (1847-1928) Emperatriz consorte de Todas las Rusias y viuda del Zar Alejandro III, padres ambos del último Zar Nicolás II. Nacida Princesa Maria Dagmar de Dinamarca, era la hermana de Alexandra, Reina consorte de Gran-Bretaña e Irlanda y cuñada del rey Eduardo VII, lo que la convertía en la tía carnal del rey Jorge V... Fue de los pocos miembros de la Familia Imperial Rusa que consiguió escapar de la masacre de los Bolcheviques. / Abajo, fotografía de la Gran Duquesa Xenia Aleksandrovna de Rusia (1875-1960) -derecha- y de su hermana la Gran Duquesa Olga Aleksandrovna de Rusia (1882-1960) -izquierda-.

A la muerte de la Emperatriz Viuda Maria Feodorovna de Rusia (1928), su importante colección de joyas fue puesta en venta por sus hijas las grandes duquesas Xenia y Olga Aleksandrovna. Éstas, que tenían la reputación de no saberse manejar muy bien en los negocios, cometieron el craso error de dejar que su pariente la reina Mary se ofreciese, como quien no quiere la cosa, de intermediaria en las transacciones.
Una estimación de 350,000 Libras Esterlinas fue presentada por entonces, pero el resultado que habría permitido a las dos hermanas vivir holgadamente hasta el final de sus vidas no pareció concretarse. Tan solo se les dio un tercio de la cantidad estimada!
Ante la extrañeza de las grandes duquesas en el momento de percibir la irrisoria suma de dinero, la reina Mary les explicó que la venta de las alhajas había ido mal. Más extrañadas estuvieron cuando, al poco tiempo, vieron a la reina Mary lucir ostentosamente las mejores y más preciadas alhajas de la Emperatriz Vda. Maria Feodorovna en los actos oficiales de la corte británica. Olga y Xenia, aprovechando un encuentro con la reina, le hicieron notar su malestar con elegancia, y Mary de Teck les replicó sin florituras que debían estar agradecidas por los esfuerzos que había hecho el rey para darles techo y comodidades que, por cierto, suponían una carga para el real bolsillo. Pese al disgusto, las grandes duquesas callaron su indignación por no hacerle un feo al rey Jorge V, que había tenido la gentileza de acogerlas en Londres y proporcionarles alojamiento gratis en la finca real de Hampton Court.

La Reina Mary de Teck (1867-1953), consorte del rey Jorge V de Gran-Bretaña e Irlanda. En la fotografía, posa con la famosa diadema de la Gran Duquesa Maria Pavlovna de Rusia, que pasó a la Emperatriz Vda. Maria Feodorovna y de ésta a sus hijas Xenia & Olga. / Fotografía -abajo- de la diadema de la Gran Duquesa María Pavlovna, actualmente en la colección privada de la reina Elizabeth II.

Tras el deceso de la reina Mary en 1953, el grueso de sus joyas personales fueron legadas a su nieta la reina Elizabeth II, su principal heredera. Otras pocas fueron a parar a la hermana de la soberana, la Princesa Margaret, Condesa de Snowdon que, posteriormente fueron vendidas por sus hijos tras su fallecimiento.



Al producirse la muerte de la gran duquesa Olga de Rusia (1960), sus hijos descubrieron finalmente la verdad. La reina Mary de Teck había metido mano en aquellas suntuosas alhajas imperiales y escogido las piezas que más le gustaban. Dicho de otro modo, la esposa de Jorge V se había servido y apropiado indebidamente de aquellas alhajas pagando un precio irrisorio!
Entre aquel botín que representaban las alhajas de la penúltima zarina de Todas las Rusias, destacaba una hermosa diadema de diamantes y perlas que había pertenecido a la gran duquesa Maria Pavlovna (1854-1920), esposa del gran duque Vladimir Aleksandrovich de Rusia, nacida princesa de Mecklenburg-Schwerin ( en la fotografía de la izq.).
Tihon y Guri Kulikovsky, los hijos de la gran duquesa Olga que descubrieron el pastel, no se quedaron de brazos cruzados y se dirigieron directamente a la reina Elizabeth II para que saldara la deuda de su abuela usurera. El escándalo estaba servido...
Tras consultar con sus abogados, Elizabeth II satisfizo rápidamente la cuantía exigida por los hijos de las grandes duquesas estafadas.
Habían pasado 33 años desde la defunción de la gran duquesa Olga, pero Elizabeth II no quería separarse de su diadema preferida, y prefirió pagar las alhajas al precio actualizado de 1993 antes que devolverlas a sus hijos. Por fortuna, los trapos sucios fueron lavados en privado y no tuvieron que ser aireados ante los tribunales.

La Reina Elizabeth II de Gran-Bretaña e Irlanda del Norte, posando con la diadema de la Gran Duquesa Maria Pavlovna de Rusia, heredada de su abuela la Reina Mary de Teck, en una foto oficial como soberana de Canadá.
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Old 11-20-2009, 02:45 PM
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Coryn Hall's "Little Mother of Russia" states that Queen Mary paid a very fair price for Xenia's jewelry.
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Old 11-20-2009, 04:29 PM
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Benjamin, $36 million is the sum all the items combined sold at the auction – and there were a lot of other items, apart from Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna’s jewellery: among them, for example, was a magnificent necklace made of 24 rubies and 24 diamonds and a rare-coloured pearshape diamond.
I see, thanks for correcting me. I need to read a little more closely next time!

So I suppose that it is not possible to know exactly how much of the $36 million was generated solely by the jewels of the Grand Duchess?
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:05 PM
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From the way the article was written, it was easy to make the mistake.

Actually, I can tell approximately how much the Grand Duchess's jewels were sold - about $4-4.5 million, which is considerably higher than the estimate. The historical value paid off well.
On the other hand, there were a lot of magnificent items (with no Royal connection) which sold for less than the estimate, including the blue diamond.
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Old 11-24-2009, 12:02 PM
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Russian Jewels

Here's a video which proves to be an entertaining way of passing 4 minutes.
It contains stills of Russian, Romanov and Romanov-provenance jewellery as well as the Fabergé Imperial eggs.
Many of the tiara pics are scans from Mr Munn's opus.

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Holy Schnikies! Thanks Warren! that was rather breath taking!
They had a Faberge exhibit at the POrtland Art Museum a couple years ago, I took Mr. Russo. THe Red Cross egg was featured along with a lot of little Faberge animals made out of jade and other semi-precious materials.
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Just really Super Duper!! Warren as always thanks for the link!! The Majesty of the pieces with the music in the background is really breathtaking!
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Old 12-03-2009, 12:45 AM
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The Russian Imperial family jewels at Sotheby's in London

The Russian Imperial family jewels break records at Sotheby's in London
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Old 12-04-2009, 10:59 AM
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Here's a video which proves to be an entertaining way of passing 4 minutes.
It contains stills of Russian, Romanov and Romanov-provenance jewellery as well as the Fabergé Imperial eggs.
Many of the tiara pics are scans from Mr Munn's opus.
Thanks for the video Warren. Most of the tiaras were breathtaking. And to me don't look like they are heavy and would hurt your head. The blue gems in the necklace, earrings and tiara had such a beautiful blue color. I believe sapphires of real good quality.
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USATODAY.com - Philippines may auction Marcos' shoes, gowns please follow the link to see a picture of a tiara confiscated from the marcoses. is this the romanov tiara everybody is taking about that imelda marcos bought and have its jewels dismantled?
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No, unfortunately it's not the tiara.
This is the one Imelda supposedly had broken up for trinkets: The Marcos missing masterpiece
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oh i see. i have seen in some local news that she still has more tiaras in her collection and it is about to be auctioned: QTV: Imelda Marcos's jewelry set to be auctioned - Video - GMANews.TV - Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs - Latest Philippine News thank you very much and have a nice day.
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Warren, it's safe to say that anyone who would break up that tiara on a whim to make up little trinkets, definately had their taste all in their mouth.
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Yes, the wilful destruction of such a work of art should by rights be a criminal offence. Let that cultural nihilist Imelda Marcos stand accused.
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I agree. The tiara that Imelda acquired was not only a Romanov treasure, but a historical treasure and she destroyed it. It almost makes me ill.
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I would like to say perhaps she saved the tiara setting and reused the jewels. But from everything I've read about IM, she probably had it melted down and made into shoes.
it is almost funny, about the tiara being shoe buckles but i am horrified as well. i just started reading this thread and the tiara is indeed beautiful. When they ruled the country, Imelda fancied herself as being royal too so maybe thats why she broke up the tiara. quite a sacrilege to a royal treasure
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The Yussoupovs were rich beyond belief and Felix's mother used to keep bowls filled with jewels so her guests could scoop them up and let them run between their fingers for the pure sensuality of doing it. I believed they owned several pieces of jewelry, as well as clothing, which were once owned by Marie Antoinette.
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