Marie-Antoinette's Diamond Bracelets Sell for $8. 1 Million USD

Published Nov 10 2021 at 10:31 AM GMT
  • Two prized diamond bracelets once owned by Queen Marie-Antoinette of France (1755-1793) have just sold for a price of $8.1 million USD at Christie's auction house -- surpassing its estimate of $2 - $4 million USD.
  • Well documented, these bracelets are a testament to Marie-Antoinette's obsession with fine jewelry and lavish items, spending some 250,000 livres on the set in 1776.
  • In one of her regular reports from her mother, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria (1717?1780), was recorded lecturing Marie-Antoinette on her spending habits with, "The news from Paris tells me that you have just performed a purchase of bracelets for 250,000 livres and to that effect, you have unsettled your finances.
  • The bracelets see 96 collet-set diamonds and weigh a total of 97 grams.
  • Its provenance can be found below:Queen Marie-Antoinette of France (1755-1793)Madame Royale, Duchess of Angoul'me (1778-1851)Louise of Artois, Duchess of Parma and Piacenza (1819-1864)Robert I, Duke of Parma (1848-1907)Thence by descentHead over to Christie's to learn more of the legacy of these bracelets.



  • Published Nov 10, 2021 10:31 AM GMT