Saturday, 20 November 2010

The CARTIER Panther bracelet from the Duchess of Windsor

I love Cartier panthers (who doesn't). This one is a great piece, yet not one of the best ones that Cartier has ever made. It is a onix and diamond fully articulated bracelet that wraps around the wrist in a magnificent way. Yet what makes this piece special, and has multiplied by ten times the estimate from the true value of the piece, is that it also belonged to the Duchess of Windsor. This one was not a gift from the Duke, it was purchased by herself which gives an idea of how modern this woman was for her time. It comes up for auction at Sotheby's London on november 30th together with the Flamingo brooch and some other not remarkable memorabilia. The estimate is £1M to £1,5M.

Photos by Sothebys