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September 26, 2010

Jewels owned by Wallis Simpson on show before sale


LONDON (AP) — Sotheby's is taking jewels once owned by American socialite Wallis Simpson — and the king who gave up his British crown for her — on an international tour before offering them at auction.

The brooches, bracelets and other gems are on display in London from Thursday to next Wednesday, followed by stops in Hong Kong, Moscow, New York and Geneva.

The 20 pieces are expected to fetch 3 million pounds ($4.7 million) when they are sold Nov. 30.

They belonged to Simpson and King Edward VIII, who abdicated to marry the twice–divorced 40–year–old in 1937.

Their relationship caused a scandal that culminated when the king made an abdication broadcast to the nation in December 1936, declaring "I have found it impossible ... to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love."


They became the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and lived out their lives largely in exile from Britain. Edward's younger brother — father of Queen Elizabeth II — succeeded him as George VI.

The jewels, many specially commissioned and given as gifts from one to the other, chart the course of the couple's decades–long romance and reflect the duchess' innovative style.

They include an onyx and diamond Cartier bracelet in the shape of a panther; a jewel–encrusted flamingo clip glittering with rubies, sapphires, emeralds, citrines and 102 diamonds; and a heart–shaped emerald, ruby and diamond brooch with the initials W.E. — Wallis and Edward — commissioned by the duke for the couple's 20th wedding anniversary in 1957.

David Bennett, head of Sotheby's jewelry for Europe and the Middle East, said the collection represents "the most important jewelry collection put together in the 20th century."

The items were last sold in 1987, as part of a Sotheby's auction that fetched $50 million, still a record for a jewelry collection. Sotheby's would not disclose the identity of the current seller.

The story of Edward and Mrs. Simpson continues to fascinate, and is currently being turned into a movie, "W.E.," directed by Madonna.

Related Images:


 The interior, with an inscription 'Wallis from Edward 1947', of a Cartier gold and diamond necessaire du soir is seen on display at the auction house in London, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. The evening case, formerly in the collection of the Duchess of Windsor, was seen with the Duchess at a reception she and the Duke attended on the inviation of President Richard Nixon in 1970 is to be auctioned in 'The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor' sale on Nov. 30 with an estimated price of 50,000 to 70,000 pounds (US$78,320 to 109,649 or 58,779 to 82,291 euro). (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

 A Sotheby's employee takes out a 1947 Cartier gold and diamond necessaire du soir on display at the auction house in London, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. The evening case, formerly in the collection of the Duchess of Windsor, was seen with the Duchess at a reception she and the Duke attended on the inviation of President Richard Nixon in 1970 is to be auctioned in 'The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor' sale on Nov. 30 with an estimated price of 50,000 to 70,000 pounds (US$78,320 to 109,649 or 58,779 to 82,291 euro). (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

 Backdropped by a photograph of Duchess of Windsor, a 1935 diamond bracelet is seen on display at the auction house in London, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. The bracelet, formerly in the collection of the Duchess of Windsor, and made by Cartier is to be auctioned in 'The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor' sale on Nov. 30 with an estimated price of 350,000 to 450,000 pounds (US$548,245 to 704,887 or euros411,458 to 529,017). (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

 A Sotheby's employee holds a 1940 ruby, sapphire, emerald, citrine and diamond clip on display at the auction house in London, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. The clip, formerly in the collection of the Duchess of Windsor, and created by Jeanne Toussaint for Cartier is to be auctioned in 'The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor' sale on Nov. 30 with an estimated price of 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 pounds (US$1,566,416 to 2,349,624 or euros1,175,595 to 1,763,392). (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

 A Sotheby's employee poses with a 1940 ruby, sapphire, emerald, citrine and diamond clip on display at the auction house in London, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. The clip, formerly in the collection of the Duchess of Windsor, created by Jeanne Toussaint for Cartier is to be auctioned in 'The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor' sale on Nov. 30 with an estimated price of 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 pounds (US$1,566,416 to 2,349,624 or euros 1,175,595 to 1,763,392). (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

 A Sotheby's employee pose with a 1952 onyx and diamond panther bracelet on display at the auction house in London, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. The bracelet made by Cartier, formerly in the collection of the Duchess of Windsor is to be auctioned in 'The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor' sale on Nov. 30 with an estimated price of 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 pounds (US$1,566,416 to 2,349,624 or 1,175,595 to 1,763,392 euro). (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

 A Sotheby's employee pose with a 1952 onyx and diamond panther bracelet on display at the auction house in London, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. The bracelet made by Cartier, formerly in the collection of the Duchess of Windsor is to be auctioned in 'The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor' sale on Nov. 30 with an estimated price of 1,000,000 to 1,500,000 pounds (US$1,566,416 to 2,349,624 or 1,175,595 to 1,763,392 euro). (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

 A Sotheby's employee pose with a 1957 emerald, ruby and diamond brooch on display at the auction house in London, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. The brooch, formerly in the collection of the Duchess of Windsor, is made by Cartier to commemorate the Duke and Duchess twentieth wedding anniversary is to be auctioned in 'The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor' sale on Nov. 30 with an estimated price of 100,000 to 150,000 pounds (US$156,641 to 234,962 or 117,559 to 176,339 euro). (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

 A Sotheby's employee pose with a 1957 emerald, ruby and diamond brooch on display at the auction house in London, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010. The brooch, formerly in the collection of the Duchess of Windsor, is made by Cartier to commemorate the Duke and Duchess twentieth wedding anniversary is to be auctioned in 'The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor' sale on Nov. 30 with an estimated price of 100,000 to 150,000 pounds (US$156,641 to 234,962 or 117,559 to 176,339 euro). (AP Photo/Sang Tan)



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