A jewelry auction with fabulous food and wine is right up my alley. Have you ever fancied trying on beautiful real jewelry while drinking delectable wines and eating Wolfgang Puck tiny perfect hors-d’oeuvres at the same time?
Your fancy would have become reality thanks to Nan Summerfield and Emily Marchick in Beverly Hills, California at the Doyle New York pre-Auction Reception which I had the opportunity to attend this past weekend. The actual auction of these items is slated for tomorrow, Monday November 13th, at the Payley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.
Doyle New York was founded in 1963, however Nan helped spearhead these California jewelry auctions four years ago thinking that their NY Auction style would adapt nicely, and so far, it certainly has.
The jewelry on display for the jewelry auction includes jewelry made by pre-eminent designers of the 20th and 21st century such as Tiffany & Co; Cartier; David Webb; Van Cleef & Arpels. This gold platinum and diamond tassel purse with a gold necklace from a California collection has an estimated catelog price of $30,000-$60,000.
Chopard and Bulgari. The owners (although most of them are anonymous) are local, national and international.
They are listed in the Doyle catalog as, for instance, “An Old Beverly Hills Estate”; or “A California Family Collection”; “A Russian Lady”, “An Old European Family; “A Bi-Coastal Family” and so on – in other words, a sum of the collecting taste, whimsies and desires of their fortunate owners who now for a variety of financial reasons, desire to sell.
This jewelry auction is an incredible way to see some of the most beautiful gems, relics, unique artifacts and jewelry, aimed at a luxury market.
The crowd who came to the pre jewelry auction viewing were actual jewelry connoisseurs themselves, or collectors as well as prospective buyers and or just those who love to see and appreciate and learn about beautiful items up close.
There were even some actual items for sale such as this beautiful wood enamel gold broach going for $12,000.
The French have a wonderful term for all this eye candy that normally one sees in jewelry stores while out shopping – they call it ‘lèche-vitrines – literally translated, “window-licking” but meaning “window-shopping” – I say, window-lickin’ good. Enjoy!
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