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The Christie’s Paris Sale Features Photographer June Newton’s Personal Jewels


Beginning Thursday and running through July 7, Christie’s Paris will be hosting an online auction, Joaillerie Paris, complete with an extensive mix of jewels from the 1800s to the 1980s. With offerings from Belperron, Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, Chaumet, David Webb, Jar, Van Cleef & Arpels, among many others as well as contemporary names, there are a few pieces that stand out—particularly, those from the personal collection of late photographer June Newton (who was married to Helmut Newton and known professionally as Alice Springs).

Making up nine of the 290 lots, Newton’s pieces range from bracelets (including one by Suzanne Belperron for René Boivin encrusted with pearls and expected to go for anywhere between $21,000 and $42,000) to earrings (a pair by David Webb showcasing the designer’s signature art deco aesthetic with rock crystal, enamel, and diamonds) and a brooch by Raymond Templier with a modern, diamond-embellished design.

David Webb earrings
Twilight earrings in platinum with rock crystal, enamel, and 2.8–3.4 cts. t.w. diamonds by David Webb, estimate: €8,000–€12,000 ($8,400–$12,600); Christie’s
Raymond Templier brooch
Raymond Templier brooch in 18k white gold with 2.9–3.5 cts. t.w. old- and single-cut diamonds, estimate: €8,000–€12,000 ($8,400–$12,600); Christie’s
Suzanne Belperron for René Boivin bracelet
Bracelet in 18k yellow gold and platinum with 4.5–3.5 cts. t.w. old- and circular-cut diamonds by Suzanne Belperron for René Boivin, estimate: €20,000–€40,000 ($21,000–$42,000); Christie’s

Newton’s jewels aren’t the only ones to watch, however. The sale also includes those from the personal collection of jeweler Jean Fouquet, who followed in the footsteps of both his father, Georges, and grandfather, Alphonse.

Jean Fouquet ring
Jean Fouquet ring in platinum and 18k white gold with 7.14 ct. sapphire and 0.5–0.7 ct. t.w. diamonds, estimate: €50,000–€80,000 ($52,600–$84,100); Christie’s

But beyond the big names, there’s plenty more to see during the two-week sale, including (but certainly not limited to!) a diamond, sapphire, and onyx panther necklace by René Boivin that’s expected to go for between $105,200 and $142,600, and an extravagant Van Cleef & Arpels transformable zip necklace, anticipated to fetch more than $210,000.

René Boivin necklace
René Boivin Panther necklace in 18k yellow gold with 9–11 cts. t.w. diamonds, sapphires, and onyx, estimate: €100,000–€150,000 ($105,200–$142,600); Christie’s
Van Cleef & Arpels necklace
Transformable Zip necklace (also shown at top) in 18k yellow gold and platinum with 16.5–20.5 cts. t.w. rubies and 5.5–6.5 cts. t.w. diamonds by Van Cleef & Arpels, estimate: €200,000–€300,000 ($210,000–$315,000); Christie’s

Photos courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2022

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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