Jacqueline Kennedy gold bracelets top Heritage Jewelry sale
A pair of bracelets given by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to her step-sister led a sale of Fine Jewelry at Heritage Auctions this week.
The former First Lady gave the bracelets to her Step-sister Nina Straight, who served as Maid of Honour when she married John F. Kennedy in 1953.
Kennedy Onassis returned the favour at Straight's own wedding in 1974, where she presented her with the Van Cleef & Arpels gold cuff bracelets as a gift.
"The bracelet cuffs matched an identical pair Kennedy Onassis often wore, marked No. 50, of a limited edition set," said Jill Burgum, Senior Director of Jewelry at Heritage.
"The pair Kennedy Onassis gave to Straight are marked 47 and 48, and it is likely Kennedy Onassis purchased both limited edition sets at the same time and gave Straight the earlier pair."
"Jackie loved hers so much that she bought me a pair knowing I would enjoy them equally," Straight told Heritage Auctions. "Ours was a very close relationship."
The pair of matching bracelets owned by Kennedy Onassis had been sold at Sotheby's in 2011 for $128,500, and the pair offered at Heritage were valued at $40,000 - $60,000 – but soared to a final price of $162,500.
Elsewhere in the sale there were strong prices for a Diamond and Platinum necklace which sold for $81,250, the second-highest price of the evening; a 4.03 carat Diamond and White Gold ring which sold for $62,500; and a Diamond and Gold jewelry suite by Bvlgari, featuring a bracelet, necklace and earrings, which sold for $36,250.
The auction also featured a number of fine timepieces, including a Van Cleef & Arpels lady's Diamond and White Gold Lady Arpels watch which sold for $17,500; and an AudemarsPiguet gentleman's Pink Gold Edward Piguet Chronograph watch which realized $11,875.
The sale in Beverly Hills achieved a total of $1.71 million.
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