Bonhams : Lauren Bacall's JewelryThe Eagerly Anticipated Auction of the Star's Collection
Lauren Bacall's Jewelry
The Eagerly Anticipated Auction of the Star's Collection

With her sultry voice and seductive looks, Lauren Bacall epitomized the elegance and taste of Hollywood. Now her beloved collection of jewelry is to be auctioned at Bonhams New York on 31 March and 1 April 2015, providing collectors the opportunity to inherit some of its previous owner's movie-star glamor.

The selection of the late actress's jewelry, comprising more than 30 pieces, will form a section of the extensive 700-lot auction of her estate: The Lauren Bacall Collection. The sale is already being hailed as an exceptional event by experts and collectors alike. Some of the most significant pieces from Bacall's collection will feature: several pieces by the legendary Jean Schlumberger, as well as the jewelry worn when she collected her Academy Award for lifetime contribution to film in 2009, will be offered.

The pieces designed by the French designer, Jean Schlumberger, were some of Bacall's favorites - and she was in good company. Schlumberger's other clients included Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Greta Garbo, Gloria Vanderbilt and Babe Paley. Schlumberger's designs were inspired by nature and sea life, and he created whimsical pieces in a variety of unexpectedly juxtaposed materials, such as gold, turquoise, amethyst and enamel.

As a young man, he was discovered by Elsa Schiaparelli, and hired to design costume jewelry and buttons. After World War II, he opened a salon with Nicolas Bongard, and his designs soon became extremely popular among the most fashionable women in the world. He joined Tiffany & Co. in 1956.

Bacall was loyal to Schlumberger and his designs. Though Paris was the actress's favorite city in the world, and she delighted in visiting Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, her visits to Schlumberger were cherished above all, and she purchased most of her exquisite collection there.

Standout Schlumberger pieces from the collection include an 18-carat yellow gold and blue enamel bangle bracelet, estimated at $20,000-$30,000, an 18-carat yellow gold, diamond, amethyst and turquoise ring designed, estimated at $8,000-$12,000, and two 18-carat yellow gold ropework bracelets, estimated at $5,000-$7,000 and $6,000-$9,000.

A highlight among the many significant pieces is a Mogul-inspired, 18-carat yellow gold, enamel, cultured pearl, and rose diamond camel brooch by the British jeweler, Elizabeth Gage, which is estimated at $5,000-$7,000. The brooch is accompanied by the original drawing and correspondence from the jeweler, which reveals a sense of collaboration and genuine friendship between Gage and Bacall.

Susan Abeles, US Head of Jewelry at Bonhams, said: 'Ms. Bacall's style was unmistakable, and it continues to influence design and fashion to this day. Her collection represents a woman who knew her own style. Pieces that might have overshadowed another woman perfectly complemented her beauty. The designs of the pieces offered are timeless, understated and classic, reflecting the sophistication and glamor of a true Hollywood legend. We're anticipating great interest at the auction in March.'

Highlights from The Lauren Bacall Collection will travel around the world in the months prior to the auction for pre-sale displays in Miami, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London and Los Angeles. The Collection includes sculpture and prints by Henry Moore, Robert Graham, Lynn Chadwick, David Hockney, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro, along with English and French 18th and 19th century furniture, silver, ceramics, pewter and African Works of Art.


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