28 December 2018

The Best Royal Jewels of 2018: #7 (The Bourbon-Parma Jewel Auction)

Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The seventh entry on our countdown of the best jewels of the year was truly dazzling -- and extremely expensive!

#7: The Bourbon-Parma Jewel Auction




Drew Angerer/Getty Images

This summer, Sotheby's announced that they would sell an astonishing collection of royal jewelry from the Bourbon-Parma family in November 2018. The collection, which came from the estate of the late Infanta Alicia, Duchess of Calabria, featured an enormous amount of heirloom jewelry, including several pieces that were once owned by Marie Antoinette.


Drew Angerer/Getty Images

An autumn of preview showings followed, and the jewels were auctioned off on November 12. The results of the sale were almost as astonishing as the jewels themselves, with a pearl from Marie Antoinette's collection fetching a whopping $36 million!


DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

I covered the sale in numerous posts here on The Court Jeweller, so I'll pop a few links down below so you can relive all the exceptional sparkle of this extremely rare royal jewelry auction!