With R12m, you could’ve had a tiara thought to be Josephine Bonaparte’s
Two ‘very rare examples of early, near-classicism jewellery’ believed to have belonged to the empress sold this week
Two tiaras, believed to have belonged to French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s first wife, Josephine, sold for more than $760,000 (about R12m) at auction on Tuesday.
Set with engraved gemstones, the early 19th-century pieces are part of matching jewellery sets, or parures, and were offered as part of auction house Sotheby’s Treasures sale.
One, in gold and enamel, and set with 25 carnelian intaglios, sold for $597,360 (about R9.5m). It was offered with a pair of earrings, a hair comb and belt ornament...