Thursday, April 9, 2009

Christie's Upcoming Jewelry Auction in New York

I love to browse the listings for Christie's upcoming auctions. There is always something to drool over that inspires me. I can't afford the baubles, but I like to think of the history connected with jewelry that can fetch these price tags.

One item that stood out to me in the upcoming New York jewelry sale at Christies on April, 22, 2009 is this magnificent carved ivory and multi gemstone elephant.

Photo credit Christie's Auctions

The elephant has cat's eye chrysoberyl eyes, ivory tusks with gold detail and caps, and wears a gold ropework chain with a gold bell. This stunning piece is ornately decorated with a multi-colored sapphire, ruby, emerald, star sapphire, star ruby and cat's eye chrysoberyl headdress and saddle cloth which extends into gold tassels. The piece is from about 1900.

With an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000, the elephant will only be available to a few bidders, but it can still make one dream of the purchase.

Not everything in the sale has this high estimate. There are pieces for collectors of other means as well. To view the details of the sale and photos of the listings you can visit Christe's sale 2160. There are over 200 interesting lots up.

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