The Rosebery Tiara Sells for $2 Million at Christie’s



Kate Middleton’s wedding tiara was impressive, but it was nothing compared with this mid–Victorian headpiece. The former ­property of Hannah Primrose, Countess of Rosebery, it fetched $1.9 million at Christie’s ­London Important Jewels sale in June. “That the tiara survived in the original form was remarkable,” says Keith Penton, F.G.A., D.G.A., head of jewelry at Christie’s London. One possible reason: convertibility. “It could be dismantled to form a series of cluster brooches with hanging pearl drops, or a less elaborate tiara of circular clusters, leaving the drops to be at
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