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Sotheby’s to Offer Largest René Boivin Collection Ever Auctioned


The largest collection of jewels by René Boivin ever to come to auction will be included in Sotheby’s Iconic Jewels: Her Sense of Style sale opening on May 2.

The auction will feature over two dozen Boivin pieces, as well as influential designs from Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, David Webb, Boucheron, and other premier jewelers, among its more than 250 high jewelry lots.

“When you come across a jewelry collection as consistently stunning and substantial as Iconic Jewels: Her Sense of Style, it’s a heart-stopping moment, the kind you know you’ll never forget,” said Marie-Cécile Cisamolo, jewelry specialist at Sotheby’s Geneva, in a statement. “This collection, with its many dazzling signed jewels from the most beloved and sought-after design periods in jewelry history, is truly one of a kind and one of the most important private jewelry collections I’ve ever seen.

“It is an incredibly powerful and sophisticated love letter to jewelry, from an enlightened private collector, which I know will inspire other collectors and connoisseurs all around the world.”

Below is a preview of highlights of the Iconic Jewels sale, including a batch of pieces by Boivin, the Parisian maison credited with some of the 20th century’s most original jewelry creations.

VCA set
Van Cleef & Arpels Passe-partout necklace, brooch, and earrings suite, estimate 80,000–120,000 Swiss francs ($88,400–$132,600)
René Boivin set
René Boivin circa 1962 Algues demi-parure, suite with sapphire and emerald earrings and brooch, estimate 30,000–50,000 CHF ($66,300–$88,400)
Cartier bracelet
Cartier Tutti Frutti bracelet, estimate 200,000–400,000 ($221,000–$442,000)


Cartier bangle
Cartier Leopard bangle, estimate 250,000–350,000 CHF ($276,200–$386,700)
René Boivin necklace
René Boivin Algues necklace (circa 1962) with turquoise and amethyst, estimate 20,000–40,000 CHF ($22,100–$44,200)


Bulgari watch
Bulgari Serpenti bracelet-watch (also known as Theodorus), estimate 200,000–400,000 CHF ($221,000–$442,000)
René Boivin pendant
René Boivin pendant-brooch with chain (circa 1970) in gold with sapphires, 30,000–50,000 CHF ($66,300–$88,400)
Bulgari set
Bulgari brooch and earring set, estimate 55,000–75,000 CHF ($60,800–$82,900)
Cartier brooch
Cartier devant-de-corsage, estimate 200,000–400,000 CHF ($221,000–$442,000)
René Boivin brooch
René Boivin circa 1955 brooch with diamonds and emeralds (also pictured at top), estimate 30,000–50,000 CHF ($33,200–$55,300)
David Webb necklace
David Webb Hindu necklace, estimate 60,000–80,000 CHF ($66,300–$88,400)

(Photos courtesy of Sotheby’s)

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By: Annie Davidson Watson

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