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
Last Onassis Selling $16M Family Jewels
Athina Roussel and her husband Alvara de Miranda Neto.   (Getty Images)

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.    (Read more Aristotle Onassis stories.)

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