Jewels of France's Last Queen Hit Auction Block

Ring, pearl necklaces to be sold Thursday in Switzerland
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2018 6:21 AM CST
Marie Antoinette's Smuggled Jewels Up for Grabs
A model wears Queen Marie Antoinette's monogramed ring at Sotheby's in London, with a brooch and pearl and diamond pendant also pictured.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Let them eat their hearts out. Jewels that once belonged to Marie Antoinette, the extravagant and doomed last queen of France, are set to hit the auction block as part of what Sotheby's calls "one of the most important royal jewellery collections ever to appear on the market." Sold by Italy's royal House of Bourbon-Parma, the items up for grabs Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland—smuggled to Antoinette's family in Austria before she and Louis XVI met the guillotine in 1793—haven't been seen in public for 200 years, reports the BBC. They include a pearl and diamond pendant, valued at up to $2 million, and a monogram ring with a lock of Antoinette's hair, expected to fetch up to $50,000, per CNN. (Antoinette's silk shoes were previously sold.)

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