It is officially auction season in the Principality and there are some incredible pieces going under the hammer over the next week, including rare Burmese jewels, collectable Hérmes travel bags and Salvador Dali sculptures.
The Hôtel Hermitage in Monaco will be the scene of the high-profile auction, with the sale of Artcurial‘s fine jewellery and women’s watches leading the event on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th.
Monaco Legend Auctions will be presenting, among others, a pair of iconic Onyx emerald and diamond panthère white gold earings by Cartier, valued at around 150,000€, and a 22 carat sapphire ring, not heated, valued at up to 800,000€.
In total, more than 800 jewels will go under the hammer until Wednesday 24th, among them, Burmese rubies of 10 to 12 carats estimated at between 500,000 and 700,000€ each, and a yellow diamond of 9.32 carats, which is likely to fetch more than 150,000€.
There will also be the annual Hermès Summer Collection sale including a Birkin braise lizard bag priced between 20,000-30,000€ and a Green Cactus matte alligator Birkin bag valued at up to 43,000€. Other noteworthy items are two travel bags which once belonged to English actress Jane Birkin and her former partner Serge Gainsbourg, dating from 1970. Proceeds from the sale of these two Hermès pieces will go to the independent humanitarian movement Doctors of the World.
Meanwhile, art collectors will have the opportunity to purchase one of François-Xavier Lalanne’s sheep (1997) for around 150,000€, or the Salvador Dali bronze sculpture Mujer Desnuda for between 180,000 and 250,000€, among a host of exciting pieces on offer.
On Saturday 20th, the auction house will offer paintings by Russian artists, while Sunday 21st will see the sale of contemporary art at the Yacht Club.
Artcurial will close the sale season on Wednesday 24th with a selection of modern art, photography and design.