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Highlights From Christie’s Sale of Anne Eisenhower’s Jewels


On June 7, Christie’s is holding an auction of the exceptional personal jewelry collection of the late interior designer, collector, and philanthropist Anne Eisenhower. “From Marlene Dietrich to President Dwight D. Eisenhower [Anne’s grandfather], the Anne Eisenhower collection traces the history of the last century through a single collector’s brilliant passion for fine jewels,” said Marc Porter, chairman of Christie’s Americas, in a statement. “Anne Eisenhower had a keen eye for the finest examples of the jeweler’s art, and her collection tells fascinating and interwoven stories of patrons and collectors.”

The head of Christie’s Americas jewelry department, Daphne Lingon, described Eisenhower as “a woman who led an extraordinary life of taste, style, and philanthropy, while remaining true to her values. From exquisite designs by Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels to important gemstones, this auction presents a unique opportunity for collectors to obtain a jewel that was thoughtfully acquired over a 40-year period by a true tastemaker.”

Below are some highlights from Christie’s Magnificent Jewels of Anne Eisenhower sale, including an internally flawless 20 ct. diamond, the Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet acquired by Dietrich after she wore it in Alfred Hitchcock’s Stage Fright, and plenty more.

Eisenhower diamond ring
Ring with a 20.54 ct. internally flawless diamond, estimate $1,200,000–$1,800,000
Eisenhower Van Cleef earrings
Van Cleef & Arpels Cascade earrings with diamonds and rubies, estimate $40,000–$60,000
Eisenhower Van Cleef necklace
Van Cleef & Arpels Waterfall necklace with diamonds and sapphires, estimate $300,000–$500,000
Christie's Cartier bracelet
Cartier art deco bracelet with diamonds, estimate $150,000–$250,000
Eisenhower Cartier brooch
Panthère de Cartier brooch with colored diamonds, onyx, and emerald, estimate $100,000–$150,000
Eisenhower Van Cleef emerald necklace
Van Cleef & Arpels necklace with diamonds and emerald, estimate $200,000–$300,000
Eisenhower Van Cleef bracelet
Van Cleef & Arpels Jarretière bracelet (circa 1937) with rubies and diamonds, worn by actress Marlene Dietrich in the movie Stage Fright, estimate $2,500,000–$4,500,000 (also pictured at top)

(Photos courtesy © Christie’s Images Limited 2023)

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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