Last Onassis Selling $16M Family Jewels

Ari's granddaughter auctioning mom's collection
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2008 3:11 AM CDT
Athina Roussel and her husband Alvara de Miranda Neto.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The granddaughter and only surviving descendant of Aristotle Onassis is selling the family treasures. Athina Roussel, 23, is auctioning off her $16 million jewelry collection, including a $4.4 million 38-carat diamond, and a Faberge Buddha valued at  $700,000, reports the New York Daily News.

Athina—who was just 3 years old when her mother, Christina Onassis, died—once vowed she would give away her fortune. She doesn't need the money the auction will raise—she inherited $2 billion when she turned 21. She was raised by her father, former French playboy Thierry Roussel, but they're now estranged.