Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis jewelry to be sold at auction

Jewelry belonging to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis will be among the Kennedy memorabilia that will be sold to the highest bidder at Sotheby’s.

The auction—which will include more than 600 lots in fine and decorative arts from the family homes of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in Hyannis Port, Martha’s Vineyard, New Jersey, New York City, and Virginia—will take place in Sotheby’s New York galleries from Feb. 15-17, 2005, with the pre-sale exhibition being held Feb. 9th through Feb. 14th.

The sale will feature a small selection of jewelry and precious objects belonging to the former first lady. One of the most valuable jewelry items is a Faberge gold and enamel triptych miniature frame, circa 1900, with an estimated value from $15,000 to 20,000. Other highlights include pieces by Van Cleef & Arpels, among them a Lapis Lazuli and diamond bracelet and earclips (with an estimated value from $3,000 to $5,000) and a colored stone and diamond girl brooch (valued at $1,200 to $1,500).

Other pieces include a silver-topped gold, sapphire and diamond flower brooch (valued from $12,000 to $15,000); an art deco rock crystal sapphire and diamond bow brooch ($6,000 to $8,000); and a black velvet, diamond, coral and emerald purse from Cartier ($3,000 $4,000).

The auction is expected to bring in excess of $1 million.