Michael Larsen, Jewelry Specialist at Bonhams, says of the auction, "Recent years have proven to be the strongest in history for jewelry auctions. We are excited to begin the fall with an homage to retro and vintage inspired pieces from the mid-century and continue into the winter with cutting edge works in our Fine Jewelry sales in New York and Hong Kong."
Highlighting the September 24 auction is a strong selection of vintage brooches from the mid-century to the 1980s. Star lots include a fanciful diamond seahorse brooch that boasts a playful emerald eye (est. $5,000-7,000); an 18 karat yellow gold, onyx and citrine owl by Cartier (est. $2,000-3,000) and a retro yellow gold, diamond and tourmaline scroll clip (est. $2,000-3,000).
Additional retro pieces of note include a stylish 14 karat gold and yellow enamel compact (est. $2,500-3,000) and a stunning green tourmaline and 14 karat gold buckle bracelet, signed Lotus (est. $1,200-1,800), among others.
The illustrated auction catalog for the sale will be available online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sale at www.bonhams.com
San Francisco Preview: September 14-16
Los Angeles Preview: September 21-23
Auction: September 24, Los Angeles, simulcast to San Francisco
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America.
Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia.
Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas.
For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go towww.bonhams.com