Artcurial auction dazzles in Monaco

From an exceptional Bulgari diamond and ruby Serpenti watch to a Victorian sapphire necklace – find treasure at this sparkling event

Bulgari 18ct-gold, black-enamel, diamond and ruby Serpenti watch, estimated at €100,000–€150,000
Bulgari 18ct-gold, black-enamel, diamond and ruby Serpenti watch, estimated at €100,000–€150,000

As dismal January draws to a close, luxury lovers should look to Monaco, where auction house Artcurial is hosting its fourth winter session in the suitably glamorous surroundings of the Yacht Club. The event – divided into Jewellery, Important Watches, Hermès Vintage and Le temps est féminin, a themed sale devoted entirely to women’s timepieces – takes place over three days, from January 23 to 25.

Lacloche diamond art deco bracelet, estimated at €25,000-€35,000
Lacloche diamond art deco bracelet, estimated at €25,000-€35,000
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The Jewellery auction, which kicks off on January 23, features pieces by Cartier, Lorenz Bäumer, Christian Dior and Boucheron. “There are some surprises, such as an art deco necklace from Maison Boucheron, which should delight collectors,” says Julie Valade, director of jewellery at Artcurial. Other pieces include a sapphire Victorian necklace, estimated at €80,000-€100,000; two diamond art-deco bracelets by Lacloche, one of which is estimated at €25,000-€35,000; and a 1970s lapis lazuli pendant by Van Cleef & Arpels, estimated at €15,000-€20,000.

Panerai Radiomir watch from 1950, estimated at €80,000-€120,000
Panerai Radiomir watch from 1950, estimated at €80,000-€120,000
Hermès Clemence Birkin bag, estimated at €8,000-€12,000
Hermès Clemence Birkin bag, estimated at €8,000-€12,000

The Important Watches auction also takes place on the first day of the event and is a trove of exceptional pieces, from an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak dating from 2006 (estimated at €22,000-€30,000) to a Radiomir by Panerai, dating from 1950, which is estimated at €80,000-€120,000 and was once owned by Amadeo Vesco, a commando with the Italian MAS. A particularly striking design, which is expected to draw plenty of attention, will appear on the second day of the auction at Le temps est féminin: an 18ct-gold, black-enamel, diamond and ruby Serpenti watch by Bulgari, estimated at €100,000-€150,000.

Hermès Kelly bag, estimated at €20,000-€30,000
Hermès Kelly bag, estimated at €20,000-€30,000
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The sale winds down with a collection of vintage Hermès bags, which include original Birkins, Kellys and Constances. A Clemence Birkin bag in tin and graphite is estimated at €8,000-€12,000, and a black Hermès Kelly model is expected to fetch €20,000-€30,000.

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