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Christie’s to Auction Jewelry Owned by the Reagans

by Jewelry Affairs 20 Jul 2016

New York--Christie’s will bring some American history into the spotlight this fall when it puts the estate of a former president and first lady up for auction.

On Sept. 21 and 22 in New York, the auction house will offer The Private Collection of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan to coincide with its “Americana Week” sales series.

Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States, serving from 1981 to 1989. He died in 2004 at the age of 93. His wife, Nancy, died earlier this year at 94.

The Christie’s sale of their estate includes a number of pieces of jewelry.

Expected to lead the jewelry sales is a Van Cleef & Arpels suite--a diamond and gold lion pendant-brooch necklace and an accompanying diamond and gold lion ear clips that the First Lady wore on a state visit to the U.K. in 1988.
The Reagan sale also encompasses furniture, decorative works of art, books, memorabilia, paintings, drawings and prints from their home in Los Angeles.

The collection will be sold in both live and online auctions. Estimates on individual items range from $1,000 to $50,000, and the sales are expected to realize more than $2 million in total.

This 18-karat gold, platinum and diamond Bulgari bracelet was worn by Nancy Reagan at state dinners. It is expected to sell for between $5,000 and $7,000.

Other notable items in the sale include personal mementos with exceptional provenance, such as a Tiffany American Marine Chronometer given as an inauguration gift from Frank Sinatra and his wife that could sell for up to $10,000, and a pair of Elizabeth II silver beakers from former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband, Denis, with an inscription.

The complete catalog will be available in late summer.

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