A ruby and diamond bracelet that when belonged to movie star Marlene Dietrich will probably be up for public sale in June at Christie’s New York, the place it’s anticipated to promote for as a lot as $4.5m.
Dietrich, who was born in Berlin in 1901, was probably the most iconic stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age and is remembered for her staunch activism towards Nazism and fascism in the course of the Second World Struggle. Dietrich additionally challenged the strict gender roles that ruled cinema in her time.
In 1937, Dietrich acquired the “Jarretière” ruby and diamond bracelet from French luxurious jewelry firm Van Cleef & Arpels. Dietrich wore the bracelet in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1950 homicide thriller Stage Fright, by which Dietrich performs a well-known actress whose husband is murdered. Dietrich additionally wore the bracelet to the 1951 Academy Awards and it may be seen on her wrist in footage of her presenting an award in the course of the ceremony. The bracelet was Dietrich’s favorite piece of jewelry, her grandson Peter Riva instructed The Baltimore Solar in 1992, after Dietrich died in Could that yr at age 90.
“It was the one piece of jewelry that she saved,” Riva mentioned. “She additionally beloved her emeralds, however she misplaced them, most likely to the IRS for again taxes. She held on to the ruby bracelet by good and unhealthy instances.”
Dietrich’s household mentioned on the time they consider the bracelet was created for her by Van Cleef & Arpels out of items of her present jewelry assortment, together with diamond earrings, a diamond necklace and matching ruby bracelet and earrings. In 1992, the bracelet fetched $990,000 at Sotheby’s New York.
The bracelet is the star lot in a sale of inside designer Anne Eisenhower’s jewelry assortment. Eisenhower, who was a granddaughter of US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, died final yr at age 73. Different highlights from her assortment embrace a 20-carat diamond ring that’s anticipated to promote for no less than $1.2m and a panther brooch by Cartier that would fetch as a lot as $150,000.
Eisenhower’s jewelry assortment will probably be offered in a reside and on-line sale throughout Christie’s Luxurious Week in June. Auctions of jewelry, different luxurious gadgets and objects affiliated with celebrities and historic figures have turn out to be an more and more vital enterprise line for Christie’s and Sotheby’s lately.