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Iconic Audrey Hepburn Necklace Up for Sale at Christie’s


The pearl, sapphire, and diamond necklace worn by Audrey Hepburn in the final scene of Roman Holiday is the star of Christie’s upcoming Jewels Online: The Geneva Edit sale, which will place from Nov. 3–16.

The piece carries an estimate of 18,000 to 26,000 Swiss Francs, or about $21,000 to $29,000. Designed by Fürst, a noted postwar Italian jeweler, the necklace is made of two strands of round cultured pearls and holds 6 cts. of diamonds, set with round and oval-shaped sapphire cabochons.

Hepburn was a longtime pearl aficionado. Single-strand pearl necklaces and pearl stud earrings became part of her signature look, according to the auction house. The actress won the 1953 Academy Award for Roman Holiday, playing a young royal on a voyage of self-discovery.

(Photo courtesy of Christie’s)

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By: Rob Bates

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