Collectors’ corner: Bonhams London Jewels

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We round up the greatest watches and jewellery collections and global auctions of 2018

A breathtaking private collection of Van Cleef & Arpels rubies will go under the hammer at Bonhams’ London sale next week, but it is this remarkable magnetic necklace by Panayiotis Vassilaki – better known as Takis - that has caught our eye. Greatly admired by his contemporaries Alberto Giacometti and Marcel Duchamp, Greek sculptor Takis may not have reached their level of renown, but his creations were truly unique.

Over 230 lots of both antique and contemporary jewels went under the hammer at Skinner’s sale earlier in the week. Rare treasures including a remarkable Kashmir sapphire ring and impeccable diamond solitaires were all highlights, but our pick is this intricately embellished Pablo Picasso 23-kt gold pendant. An uncommon example of Picasso choosing to work with the miniature rather then on a large scale, it comes complete with a maker’s mark for Francois Hugo and sold for $13,530 USD.

: While a whopping 5-ct fancy pink diamond of exceptional clarity will see bidding off to an ebullient start at’ London Autumn fine jewellery sale, it’s the off-kilter curios that tend to take our fancy. Lot 23, a small cache of mid-century designs estimated at between £6,000-8,000, is right up our New York street.


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