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The Monaco Summer Sales held in Monte Carlo is known for having some of the world’s rarest finds on the auction block. But this year is particularly special as there’s one piece of jewelry with exceptional provenance: a bracelet from the Royal House of Spain.

French auction house Artcurial sourced a selection of incredible treasures this year with a particular focus on history and exceptional stone offerings. Many of the pieces come from the collection of the late Jeanne Augier, owner of the famous Negresco Hotel in Nice, who passed away last year. Those include a pair of diamond, platinum, and 18k white gold clip earrings from 1950 estimated to go for $20,000 to $23,000.

But the highlight has to be the platinum and 18k white gold bracelet worn by Spanish royalty. It features a 53.51-carat emerald surrounded by diamonds and comes with a GEM PARIS certificate from Colombia. Not surprisingly, it’s expected to fetch somewhere between $170,000 and $205,000.

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Other precious pieces from Chaumet, Boucheron, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Boivin, Belperron, Lacloche, and Desprès will also be part of the offering.

“This latest jewelry sale will take place in the new context we find ourselves in. We have assembled a magnificent selection of items from the greatest and most desirable names in jewelry,” Julie Valade, Director of Jewellery at Artcurial, said in a statement. “It is difficult to choose, but the Fouquet Art Deco pendant, the rare Cartier bouquet clip brooch, and the leaf clips by Suzanne Belperron make an exceptional and varied trio that look set to create some strong bidding.”

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Of course, the rarity is found across items available. The Hermès Summer Collection includes a rare Louis Vuitton trunk and a unique piece customized by street artist JonOne. And the Fine Watches sale has a Audemars-Piguet produced limited edition Jubilee Salmon Dial created to mark the 20th anniversary of their Royal Oak.

The jewelry sale will take place on July 20 as part of the auction house’s famous Monaco Summer Sales held at Hotel Hermitage July 19-21.


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