The late heiress to the Sanford family fortune, Bokara “Bo” Legendre – was an artist, performer, philanthropist, writer and, above all, nonconformist with eclectic and exquisite tastes. So an auction of her jewels is enough to prick up aesthetes’ ears the world over – especially when the lots include a large collection of pieces by French jewellery designer Suzanne Belperron whose rare designs were sought after by the Duchess of Windsor, Christian Dior and, more recently, Karl Lagerfeld. The Bokara Legendre Estate Sale at Fortuna in New York on April 25 will feature a rare selection of Belperron’s sculptural pieces, in addition to gems by Verdura, Van Cleef & Arpels and numerous Art Deco Cartier designs.
The stars of the show by Belperron include a knockout rock crystal convertible cuff (circa 1935) with a detachable flower brooch glittering with cabochon rubies (estimated $30,000-$50,000) and a chalcedony fan clip with delicate marquise diamonds (estimated $20,000-$30,000). The pièce de résistance, nonetheless, is extremely rare “Cambodian” chalcedony cuff (estimated $100,000-$150,000) with 3.5cts of round-cut sapphires.
But Belperron’s jewels are not the only highlights. The sparkling selection also includes a Jean Schlumberger step-cut emerald and brilliant-cut diamonds suite: including a tassel bracelet, a bib necklace and matching tassel clip earrings (estimated $50,000-$100,000). A platinum and 24.17ct diamond bracelet by Harry Winston (estimated $20,000-$30,000) featuring marquise-cut diamonds, and an equally bold Burmese ruby and diamond “Trombino” ring by Bulgari (estimated $15,000-$25,000).
Legendre’s Indian jewels include diamond, enamel, gemstone and seed pearl chandelier earrings (estimated $600-$1,200), and a ruby, diamond, emerald and pearl necklace with matching earrings (estimated $3,000-$5,000). It promises to be a mecca for magpies.