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Bonhams Auctions Barbara Taylor Bradford’s Jewels

Sale includes an 11.30-carat, fancy-yellow diamond with a high estimate of GBP 45,000 ($57,840).
Nov 14, 2019 8:06 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Bonhams is set to auction jewelry from the private collection of international best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford amassed during her 57-year relationship with her movie-producer husband.

A radiant-cut, 11.30-carat, fancy-yellow, VS1-clarity diamond ring, flanked by baguette-cut diamonds, will lead the December 4 London Jewels sale, Bonhams said Wednesday. The stone, which has the potential to be internally flawless, is estimated at GBP 35,000 to GBP 45,000 ($44,990 to $57,840). Bob Bradford surprised Barbara with the ring while on vacation in Capri, Italy, Barbara explained.

“During our wonderful marriage, he simply could not resist buying me fine jewelry,” she said. “And I was given a lot, as we were married for a long time! Every birthday, wedding anniversary, Christmas, new book publication, and even while on holiday, Bob would often surprise me with a fabulous piece.”

Other notable pieces from the collection include a diamond wristwatch by David Morris estimated at GBP 30,000 to GBP 50,000 ($38,550 to $64,250), and Bird on a Rock, a citrine and diamond brooch designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. That piece is set to go under the hammer for GBP 8,000 to GBP 12,000 ($10,290 to $15,435).

In addition to Barbara’s jewelry, Bonhams will also auction five of Bob’s timepieces at its London Watches sale on December 11, including an 18-karat rose-gold Patek Philippe Nautilus, estimated at GBP 18,000 to GBP 22,000 ($23,145 to $258,288).

“The collection tells a wonderful story of a love affair that lasted for more than half a century in fabulous locations around the word, including London, Paris, Geneva, Los Angeles and New York,” said Emily Barber, UK jewelry director for Bonhams.

Image: The 11.30-carat, fancy-yellow ring belonging to Barbara Taylor Bradford. (Bonhams)
Tags: Barbara Taylor Bradford, Bird on a Rock, Bob Bradford, bonhams, David Morris, Emily Barber, Jean Schlumberger, London Jewels, Patek Philippe Nautilus, Rapaport News, Tiffany & CO.
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