Saturday, 20 November 2010

The CARTIER Flamingo Brooch from the Duchess of Windsor

This piece has everything!. Acquired form Cartier (signed Monture Cartier, designed by Peter Lemarchand) by the Duchess of Windsor this is a truly unique brooch. Not only for its perfect craftsmanship and live stones or its original design but also for its history. The Duchess of Windsor was the american socialite Wallis Simpson and her marriage to Edward VIII forced him to abdicate the British Throne 75 years ago. The Duchess provided the stones for this brooch from her own jewellery collection, Cartier then made this design specially for her. The first recorded time when she displayed the jewel was on her arrival with the duke to the Ritz Hotel in Madrid for the Duke's forty-six birthday on 23rd of June 1940.

The story of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor has fascinated the world over decades and it will be recorded in history as one of the greatest love stories of all times. Many believe that jewels carry their previous owners Karma, who wouldn't want to have this one?

It comes up for auction at Sotheby's London on november 30th, estimate is £1M to £1.5M!

Photos by Sothebys