A Retro amethyst and 18K gold ring,

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Lot 68
A Retro amethyst and 18K gold ring,
circa 1940
Sold for US$ 3,500 inc. premium

Fine Jewellery

13 Oct 2015, 13:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
A Retro amethyst and 18K gold ring, circa 1940
centering a rectangular-cut amethyst, accented by a scrolling gallery; possibly Paul Flato; amethyst weighs approximately: 60.00 carats; size 9

Footnotes

  • Formally the Property of Marlene Dietrich gifted to members of the present family.

    The above ring was originally gifted to the descendant's aunt, Eva Wiere, from Marlene Dietrich, at the time she was acting as a caretaker for Ms. Dietrich's ailing husband, Rudy Siebert. Ms. Dietrich befriended the German born Ms. Wiere and her three brothers, known as the highly successful vaudevillian act "The Wiere Brothers", in Hollywood in the early 1930's.

    The three Wiere brothers, Harry, Herbert and Sylvester, along with their sister Eva, emigrated to the United States with dreams of show business in the 1930's. The brothers joined together to become The Wiere Brothers, performing throughout Europe before World War II, at such major venues as The Empire and Palladium Theaters, with Command Performances for King George VI. They had a long career on stage and in films, working with such Hollywood royalty as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley. They eventually branched out into television with their own variety show in the 1960's.

    Marlene Dietrich, one of the highest paid actresses of her time, was known worldwide for her influential style both on and off the stage and silver screen. She challenged Hollywood's idea of glamour, often photographed in beautifully tailored androgynous clothing – but never without her jewelry. She often adorned herself with large colorful chunky gemstones set in dramatic designs, from Paul Flato, Trabert Hoffer & Mauboussin, and Van Cleef & Arpels. She was a quintessential trailblazer in the 1930's, in both her art and style.
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