Photo of Estée Lauder © Victor Skrebneski; Photo of Evelyn H. Lauder by Rob Rich
From the Collection of Evelyn H. Lauder, Sold to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® Platinum, Colored Stone, Diamond and Enamel 'Tutti Frutti' Bracelet, Cartier, New York, circa 1928; Pair of Platinum, Diamond and Mystery-Set Colored Stone Pendant-Earclips, Van Cleef & Arpels.
Are you a glamorous gal, or do you have one in your life, who longs for the finer things? Say, precious jewels originally worn by a lady of the well-heeled and well-known variety? Got a boatload of cash to back that up? Great! Does Sotheby’s have a sale for you. On December 9th, the venerable auction house presents Magnificent Jewels, including 44 pieces from the collections of Estée Lauder and Evelyn Lauder with designs by Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, David Webb, Buccellati, and Oscar Heyman & Brothers, one of Evelyn Lauder’s favorite New York jewelers. A rare and iconic Tutti Frutti bracelet by Cartier, made circa 1928, will lead the auction with an estimated value of a jaw-dropping $750,000-1,000,000. But if you’re not in the market for a sparkler that outsizes your mortgage, don’t fret! Sotheby’s assures us a “lovely group of wearable evening and daytime jewels” will complement the more, shall we say, yacht level priced pieces and will be offered in the under $20,000 range. All proceeds from Estée Lauder’s 11 pieces will be sold to benefit the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation® while the 33 pieces from Evelyn Lauder’s collection will raise funds for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, an organization Evelyn founded in 1993, the year after she co-created the now ubiquitous Pink Ribbon with SELF magazine. Estée’s son and Evelyn’s widower Leonard Lauder says his mother, “Estée, and my dear wife, Evelyn, would be thrilled and honored that these much-loved items of theirs are being sold to raise funds…” Mr. Lauder is highly involved with both of the recipient organizations and previously sold pieces from these collections in 2012 and 2013 to benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. What could be more rewarding than buying a bauble and benefiting charity, to boot? The Magnificent Jewels auction occurs December 9, 2014 at Sotheby’s New York. For more information, visit www.sothebys.com