Bracelets gifted by Jacqueline Kennedy lead heritage jewelry sale
A pair of bracelets gifted by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to her stepsister Nina Straight will lead a jewelry sale at Heritage Auctions later this month.
Dating from the early 1970s, the 18k gold cuff bracelets by Van Cleef & Arpels match a pair worn by the former First Lady herself, and are expected to sell for $40,000 - $60,000.
"Nina was Jackie's step-sister so this was a very important and thoughtful gift by a former First Lady, who was known as an icon of American fashion," said Jill Burgum, Senior Director of Jewelry at Heritage. "Nina said she hopes they are purchased by someone equally as 'fun loving'."
"They were a gift from Jackie for my wedding to Michael Straight in 1974," Straight said in an exclusive interview with Heritage Auctions' Intelligent Collector Magazine. "We were married at St. John's Cathedral in New York. Jackie gave them to me at the luncheon after the ceremony."
"Jackie loved hers so much that she bought me a pair knowing I would enjoy them equally. I always viewed myself as Jackie's 'Sancho Panza' or sidekick. We had so much fun. Ours was a very close relationship."
Amongst the most valuable lots are a pair of spectacular unsigned jewels: a stunning Burma ruby, diamond and platinum ring weighing 10.11 carats, estimated at $150,000, and a diamond and white gold ring, featuring a round brilliant-cut diamond weighing 10.05 carats, valued at $100,000.
Elsewhere the sale features a wealth of signed pieces by makers such as Harry Winston, Cartier and Bvlgari, including a Cartier diamond and white gold Panther ring valued at $50,000; a Cartier diamond and gold necklace estimated at $60,000; and an emerald-cut diamond and platinum ring by Harry Winston estimated at $60,000.
The Heritage Auctions Contemporary Designer Jewels Auction takes place in Beverly Hills on September 26.
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