David Bennett of Sotheby’s claims that the Duchess of Windsor was a leader of fashion and the epitome of elegance and sophistication for her generation and beyond. You will agree completely if you see the collection of jewellery that was auctioned recently for staggering amounts. An exquisite Onyx and Diamond Panther bracelet, crafted by Cartier for Wallis Simpson was the highlight of the collection and the price it received at the auction created two records.
It was sold by Sotheby’s for a staggering $7 million. The price not only made it the most expensive bracelet but also made it the most expensive Cartier item to be sold at any auction. This fine piece of jewelery was initially estimated to make only $4.6 million. The design and the craftsmanship of the unique piece makes it almost priceless. Experts might fail again in the future to put a right estimate to its value.
This diamond panther bracelet was part of a collection owned by the Duke and Duchess of Windsor which fetched a total of £7,975,550 ($12,417,369). They are examples of the genius of Cartier in collaboration with the Windsors but are also witness to the greatest love story of the 20th Century.