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Old 09-30-2009, 05:52 PM
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Christie's Auction of the late Duke and Duchess of Kent Estate

Well, apparently the Kents have done it again--decided to have an auction, that is. Some jewels will be put on the block--the press release does not say which, though. Christie's is doing the sale.
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Well, apparently the Kents have done it again--decided to have an auction, that is. Some jewels will be put on the block--the press release does not say which, though. Christie's is doing the sale.
I don't know why, but I'm a bit disturbed by this. I guess if you need the money.....I wonder if there will be any of the gifts she recieved from the Duchess of Windsor. Maybe she'll just sell some things she doesn't like. She is known for her incredible taste in jewels. Oh well...Its not life threatening!!
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:58 AM
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Christie's Auction of the late Duke and Duchess of Kent Estate

The news of the auction was released over a week ago:

Kents to sell royal treasures | Mail Online

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The items, which will be sold by Christie's in November, were the property of the Prince's mother, Marina Duchess of Kent, who died in 1968. Prince Michael, his older brother, the Duke of Kent, and his sister Princess Alexandra have jointly decided to sell the remaining heirlooms they inherited from their late mother's estate.

Although Princess Marina disposed of much of her effects in 1947, a few years after her husband's wartime death, she left what remained to her three children.

...the sale will include valuable silverware, paintings, furniture, tapestries and various works of art. Lots are expected to raise between £250 and £100,000 each.

Details of the sale have still to be unveiled by Christie's, who three years ago also handled the Princess Margaret auction and the sale of the late Duke of Gloucester's effects.
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Old 10-01-2009, 11:26 AM
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I am just flabbergasted that they will be selling items such as the chair that the Duke sat upon during this brother's coronation, and sentimental family pieces. I think though, that I will defend Prince and Princess Michael--they've never put items up for auction. I'm willing to wager that it's the current duke, again, and he has pretty much just asked and asked and finally his siblings agreed rather than see him sell more important items.


http://www.christies.com/presscenter...009/113656.pdf
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The Kents are not well-off and never have been. Prince George spent lavishly and Marina was not from a wealthy family (Greece) with little in the way of a dowry, although she certainly had some significant jewels from her mother, Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna. With George's early death, Marina experienced financial problems for years afterwards.

I'm sure the intent is to provide their children and grandchildren with something more substantial. None are active members of the royal family and have private careers anyway.
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I don't know why, but I'm a bit disturbed by this. I guess if you need the money.....I wonder if there will be any of the gifts she recieved from the Duchess of Windsor. Maybe she'll just sell some things she doesn't like. She is known for her incredible taste in jewels. Oh well...Its not life threatening!!
If Prince and Princess Michael of Kent need substantial money (and I suspect they do), she would be smart to put ALL of the jewels she received from The Duchess of Windsor in the auction. There's real money to be made on those pieces.
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Old 10-02-2009, 05:53 AM
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I'm sorry to hear that.It must be really painful-for any family-to "lose" such significant pieces.
It is sad to see significant pieces go, however to be practical these days there is not as much opportunity/occasion to wear such grand jewels, as there was 60 years ago, and therefore no need to own so many. There is also death duty/tax to be paid in the UK, which is a substantial tax, and as with the case of Princess Margaret's estate, some of the jewels that were very much part of her persona, ie the Poltimore tiara, and others that she inherited from Queen Mary, were sold off to pay this tax.
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It looks fantastic. I hope, they won't sell this tiara. It's a pity that they have to sell some of their surely amazing heirlooms, but its known for years that the whole family seems to have financial problems. Difficult situation IMO.
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Well,it seems there is hope after all.I don't know,maybe it's just me,but I do believe that tiaras should never be sold.
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There's no panic! The jewellry part of the sale won't include anything that's currently worn by the Kent ladies. Apparently it consists of some pieces that belonged to Queen Victoria that have lay in storage ( I saw a picture of one item, a diamond brooch which spells out Victoria R in diamonds). Also I don't think this sale has arisen from any great financial need on the family's part. Apparently the items up for sale have been in storage for 41 years so basically they are selling off stuff that they own as a family but havn't used for a very long time. IMO it makes sense.

P.S. Did anyone spot Princess M's beautiful sapphire and diamond bracelet and ring at Freddie's wedding? The sapphire on the bracelet especially was huge. I think the ring was Princess Marina's engagement ring as I know Prince Michael inherited this and it fit's the descrition of that ring which is described in the book "The Queen's Jewels" as being a large 7 carat square Kashmir Sapphire flanked by banguette diamonds.
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Thanks angela for stepping in with the facts. Details of the items to be auctioned appear in posts #3 and #4.

Once again, to set the record straight: there is nothing to suggest that any serious royal jewels are included in this sale by the Kent family.


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Christie's Auction of the late Duke and Duchess of Kent

Faberge find gives Kents ANOTHER pay day
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The Duke of Kent, his brother Prince Michael and sister Princess Alexandra are again selling the family silver - or gold, to be more precise.
As I revealed, Christie's is auctioning family heirlooms next month. Now, rival saleroom Sotheby's is selling more than 100 precious bejewelled Faberge cigarette cases and cufflinks with a Kent connection.

They belonged to Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, the Duke's maternal great-grandmother, who in 1918 deposited the hoard with the Swedish legation in St Petersburg so the treasures could not be seized by the Bolsheviks.
Still concealed in two pillow cases, they were smuggled out to Sweden's foreign ministry in Stockholm, where they have lain unclaimed until earlier this year.

Proceeds of the sale - which is expected to realise at least £1 million - will be shared between all the Grand Duchess's descendants.
The find of jewellery belonging to Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna had been discussed in this thread - Romanov Jewels, and also in this blog entry - Romanov jewels worth 2 million Euros found in Sweden.

The Kents aren't going to get all that much: Maria Vladimirovna (the only daughter of Maria Pavlovna's eldest son Grand Duke Vladimir) will get 1/4 of the money, while the other 3/4 will be divided between all other descendants of the Grand Duchess - and those include quite a few Royals from several Royal Houses. Moreover, all the descendants have agreed to dedicate an undisclosed share of the money raised from the auction to maintaining the Chapel in France where the Grand Duchess is buried.
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Christie's Auction of the late Duke and Duchess of Kent

List, pictures and estimates of all items to be auctioned

On their website (www.christes.com) you may see 336 lots , their description, sale information and their estimate (rather low I think)
The main jewelry are not sold.

I read this on Noblesse et Royautés to-day.
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I've copied and moved some of the posts from the Royal Jewels thread as well as the Prince and Princess Michael of Kent regarding the sale of some of the Kent jewels.

Pertinent information was posted from Marsel, Angela and Warren in regards to the sale that will be helpful to some TRF members who don't visit certain threads.

Hopefully this will lead to a good discussion regarding some of the pieces that we ALL can enjoy. I know that I for one, don't often visit the Royal Jewels forum very often and there might be others like me.

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"Friday-20th November 2009."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/6480101/Royal-heirlooms-to-be-sold-at-auction.html

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Prince Michael of Kent’s christening set included in £1m heirloom auction


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Informal family photographs of Queen Victoria and the last Tsar, a Coronation chair and Prince Michael of Kent’s silver christening set are among heirlooms being sold by three senior members of the Royal Family.
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle6898779.ece

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8337655.stm]BBC NEWS | UK | Royals to sell family heirlooms
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I bet they make more than the estimated 1.25 million pounds. Wish things were photographed in the catalogue, thanks for posting the article link, it was informative.
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It is so sad to see the Kents selling their family heirlooms off. At the same time, it is worth mentioning that that they are not the first or the last noble family to do so.
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Amazing I will be soo interested in all of it the portrait is just divine.
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PROPERTY FROM THE LATE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF KENT AND FAMILIES | Fine Art Auction | Search Results | Christie's

Here is everything that is for sale from the Christies website. I agree with a previous poster who said they think the items will fetch more than £1.25 m. I think the Kents will make a fortune from this sale when you look at the quality and amount that is on offer.
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