Freeman's November 7 Jewelry & Watches auction will be highlighted by jewels from esteemed private collections, fine diamonds, and a rare gentlemen's watch with a legendary name. With just over 200 lots, ranging from period elegance to contemporary polish this sale is a collector's dream, offering dazzling temptations for discerning tastemakers.
The auction opens with a private collection of period jewels from a New Jersey estate, exemplified by the very first lot, a plique-à-jour enamel diamond, entramblant platinum and eighteen karat gold brooch ($6,000-8,000). The collection itself is an eclectic array of platinum and enamel, with a number of vintage pieces including Belle Époque and Art Deco brooches, pendants and necklaces as well as gems in bold, modern settings. Representing eras spanning from 1880 to 1980, Jewelry & Watches department head Virginia Salem notes that the selections from this estate "reflect a lifetime's worth of love and passion for jewelry."
Another collection featuring prominently in this sale is that of Lillian Louise Glenn, or "Peaches" as she was affectionately known to friends and family. The Glenn Collection is dominated by daring statement jewelry - from a highly articulated panther bracelet ($40,000-60,000), a droll frog brooch and bangle with emerald eyes ($4,000-6,000) to a stunning diamond geometric diamond strap bracelet ($15,000-25,000) - Peaches' discerning eye and sense of whimsy are reflected in the pieces being offered.
Big diamonds are always a favorite at any jewelry auction, and Freeman's November 7 sale does not disappoint. Two of the stand-outs are a highly desirable diamond and platinum ring ($100,000-150,000) with a modern round brilliant diamond weighing 5.13 carats, and a fancy intense yellow diamond, platinum and eighteen karat gold ring ($30,000-50,000).
Rounding out this sale is an attractive selection of gentlemen's watches and pocket watches. Featuring stand out selections from makers such as Patek Philippe, Cartier, and Rolex, this section of the sale is highlighted by two rare timepieces of impeccable taste. Beginning with an outstanding gold pocket watch from Patek Philippe circa 1910 ($4,000-6,000), this piece is accompanied by its original box and case, as well as the gold cased utility knife that was sold with the piece as retailed by Tiffany & Co. The star of the watches section, and for the November 7 auction overall, is a rare Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, better known as the "Paul Newman" watch ($150,000-200,000). An iconic watch named for its iconic champion, this circa 1969 timepiece is a must-have for any discerning watch collector.
Notable Lots in Freeman's November 7 Jewelry & Watches Auction
- A rare fourteen karat gold "Paul Newman" chronograph bracelet watch, Rolex, Cosmograph Daytona circa 1969. Estimate $150,000 - 200,000.
- A diamond and platinum ring with guard. Estimate $100,000-150,000.
- A ruby, diamond, platinum and eighteen karat gold brooch and earrings, designed as a flower with matching earrings. Estimate $40,000-60,000.
- A diamond and platinum clip-brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels. Estimate $40,000-60,000.
- A colored diamond, eighteen karat gold and enamel panther bracelet-brooch, Craig Drake. Estimate $40,000-60,000.
Thursday & Friday, November 3 & 4, 10am-5pm
Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 12pm-5pm
Monday, November 7 at 12pm
Images: A fancy intense yellow diamond, platinum and eighteen karat gold ring, estimate $30,000-50,000; A rare fourteen karat gold "Paul Newman" chronograph bracelet watch, Rolex, Cosmograph Daytona circa 1969, estimate $150,000 - 200,000.