French queen Marie-Antoinette's diamond bracelets up for grabs at Geneva auction

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GenevaUpdated: Jun 16, 2022, 05:58 PM IST
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French queen Marie-Antoinette's two bracelets will go under the hammer in Geneva. These diamond bracelets have been coated with 112 diamonds each. They may fetch between $2-4 million when they will go under the hammer on November 9  

French queen Marie-Antoinette's two diamond bracelets will go under the hammer in Geneva later this year, the auction house Christie's said on Wednesday.  

Each of these bracelets have been coated with 112 diamonds. They will be sold together and may fetch between $2-4 million. They will go under the hammer on November 9.  

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That estimate "includes not only the intrinsic value of the diamonds, but also the possibility to wear jewellery that was once worn by the famous queen Marie-Antoinette," Christie's jewellery specialist Marie-Cecile Cisamolo told AFP.  

The historic jewels could may also go for far more than the asking price.  

In a statement, Francois Curiel, chairman, Christie's luxury division, said, "As seen in recent Geneva sales, the market for jewels of noble provenance continues to perform extremely well."   

In 2018, a natural pearl and diamond pendant of the last queen of France was estimated by the Sotheby's auction house at $1-2 million but was sold for $36 million.  

Marie-Antoinette was guillotined in Paris in October 1793 at the age of 37 after the French revolution.  

It is not just their history that makes the bracelets special, they also have large size of the diamonds, which can range from around one to four carats. In total, the bracelets comprise 140 to 150 carats, according to the estimates. 

(With inputs from agencies)