This jewelery collection is set to break auction records
written by Orie Kanchi, CNN
But Houghton, who was also an art collector, said more than 700 jewels owned by him would fetch more than $150 million in a series of auctions at the Four Seasons Hotel de Bergue in Geneva and online in May and November. Estimated. Christie’s auction house.
A 90.38 carat Harry Winston briolette cut diamond necklace will be available as a pendant or bracelet. credit: Courtesy Christie’s
Works include a 90-carat “Briolette of India” diamond necklace by Harry Winston, a “pigeon blood” ruby and diamond Cartier ring, a range of contemporary and decades-old Bvlgari pieces, and other luxury brand items. Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, etc.
“The world of Heidi Horten is a once-in-a-lifetime collection. “From Bvlgari to Van Cleef & Arpels, from small personal keepsakes to Indian Briolette, this is a collector’s dream.”
“Building on the extraordinary early pieces acquired in the 1970s and 1980s, Mrs. Horten continues to grow and curate a sophisticated collection, representing the best of today’s leading jewelery houses in the world. We have eloquently combined vintage and modern designs from the market,” added Kadakia.
Bvlgari bracelet with 32.23 carats of colored diamonds and square emeralds. credit: Courtesy Christie’s
According to Christie’s, the proceeds will go to the Heidi Horten Foundation, which supports the Heidi Horten Collection, a museum she founded in Vienna, Austria, before she died, as well as for medical research, child welfare and other purposes. It is said that it will be donated to
Anthea Peers, President of Christie’s EMEA, said in a release: “This is a historic moment for Christie’s, privileged to offer one of the world’s finest and most important European jewelery collections.
Here, Heidi Horten wears the ‘Indian briolette’. credit: Courtesy Christie’s/Heidi Horten Foundation
According to Forbes, Horten’s net worth was around $3 billion when he died last June. She inherited her $1 billion in 1987 from her late first husband, German businessman Helmut Herrten Horten.
Horten was exposed to the fascination with beautiful objects from an early age, as his father was a sculptor. According to the auction house, her love of jewelry and art deepened after her marriage.
Van Cleef & Arpels ruby and diamond “Bird of Paradise” brooch, René Boivin multi-gem lion brooch and unsigned lion head earrings. credit: Courtesy Christie’s
She owns a large number of decorative, modern and contemporary works of art, some of which are in her museum collections.
According to Christie’s, Helmut Holten amassed his fortune by buying Jewish companies that were sold under duress during the Nazi era. The auction house said it will make “substantial contributions” from the proceeds of the auction to organizations promoting Holocaust research and education.