Glitz and glamour at Artcurial’s winter auction in Monaco

The international auction house hosts a sale of fine jewellery, watches and collectables

Hermès Birkin Ghillies bag, estimated at €7,000-€9,000
Hermès Birkin Ghillies bag, estimated at €7,000-€9,000 | Image: Artcurial

Monaco is internationally famous for its megayacht-lined harbour, opera house, casinos and Formula 1 Grand Prix. Artcurial’s winter auction of luxe collectables is one further reason that aficionados of the finer things in life flock to the principality, and this year it will feature names such as Boucheron, Rolex, Hermès and Cartier.  

Sardonyx four-colour art deco cameo, est €600-€800, and a late-19th-century Lacombe silver and gold pendant with a grey agate cameo, est €1,000-1,200
Sardonyx four-colour art deco cameo, est €600-€800, and a late-19th-century Lacombe silver and gold pendant with a grey agate cameo, est €1,000-1,200 | Image: Artcurial

Taking place on January 19-21 in the Norman Foster-designed Monaco Yacht Club, Artcurial’s three-day sale will offer collectors’ watches (January 19), fine jewellery (January 19-20) and a special Hermès Vintage Winter Collection (January 21), with previews on January 17-21.

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On offer in the jewellery auction are several elegant art deco cameos, including a sardonyx four-colour profile of a lady wearing a floral crown (estimate €600-800), and a late 19th-century Lacombe silver and gold pendant with a grey agate cameo depicting a winged goddess adorned with diamonds (€1,000-1,200).

Boucheron diamond necklaces, est €70,000-75,000 each, and earrings, est €25,000-€30,000
Boucheron diamond necklaces, est €70,000-75,000 each, and earrings, est €25,000-€30,000 | Image: Artcurial

Alongside notable pieces by Cartier, Buccellati and Van Cleef & Arpels are two exquisite 1960 Boucheron diamond rivière bracelets (€70,000-75,000 each) with matching earrings (€25,000-30,000). Watches include a quintessential 1966 Rolex Daytona (€20,000-25,000) and a 2005 Rolex steel chronograph (€7,000-9000).

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The Hermès collection includes a rare 2016 green Birkin Ghillies handbag – inspired by the Scottish dance shoes of the same name – estimated at €7,000-€9,000; and a 2013 indigo crocodile Birkin bag at €25,000-€35,000. To this wishlist, salivating shoppers might add the beige crocodile Birkin bag made to order for Madame Mouna Ayoub (€18,000-28,000) and a Hermès bicycle (€5,000-8,000).

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