On Wednesday 14th November in Geneva, Sotheby’s sold this brooch for CHF 2,115,000 (CHF 1 = approx USD$0.95-1.00).



This was part of the white-glove sale (all lots sold). Bursting with edge-of-my-seat lots and tense ‘gavel down’ moments aplenty. The popularity of brooches throughout this auction season comes as no surprise, as there’s been a social media campaign for the passed few years. Calling for a grand return of the brooch. Often seen as a go-to accessory for a more mature audience. Yet, brooches are proving popular, from millenials to Gen X, Y and Z. Oooh, not forgetting the provenance too:

*The double ribbon bow from Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (1755-1793).

“2. Un écrin en cuir rouge écarlate, contenant un nœud en diamants avec pendeloque gros diamant jaune, le nœud fait parti du diadème ou ceinture ci-dessus, et a la même provenance”.

[2. A scarlet red case, containing a diamond bow supporting a pendant set with a large yellow diamond, the bow was formerly part of the tiara or belt here above, and has the same provenance].

Excerpt from the inventory of Archduchess Marie Anne of Austria, Princess Elie de Bourbon Parme.


The international auction house describes it as a “diamond brooch, second half of the 18th century” they add, “of double ribbon bow design set with cushion-shaped and circular-cut diamonds, second half of the 18thcentury, supporting a detachable pendant set with a pear-shaped diamond of yellow tint, probably early 19thcentury.”

*wording here