Rainbow of colored diamonds going up for bid at Heritage Auctions Sept. 25


This ring features a cushion-shape blue diamond weighing 3.23 carats, enhanced by round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 1.00 carat, set in platinum. Estimate: $900,000-$1.2 million. Heritage Auctions image


DALLAS – Heritage Auctions is celebrating colored diamonds on Sept. 25 with its Fine Jewelry auction in Beverly Hills, Calif. An added attraction is fine jewelry owned by beloved Mexican movie star Lupita Tovar. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

A rare 3.23-carat fancy blue diamond, diamond, platinum ring (est. $900,000-$1.2 million) is worth noting with its mesmerizing hue. Rarely encountered, this fancy blue diamond (above) is fashioned into a lovely cushion-shape.

“This collection of colored and colorless diamonds is a rarity for a September auction and it is presents a unique opportunity for savvy collectors,” said Gina D’Onofrio, Heritage Auctions director of Fine Jewelry, Beverly Hills.

Also featured are a 5.04-carat fancy intense purplish-pink diamond ring (below; est. $100,000-$150,000), a 7.48-carat rectangular brilliant-cut fancy intense yellow diamond, white gold ring (est. $40,000-$70,000) and a 10.45-carat fancy yellow oval-shaped ring (est. $40-000-$70,000) and a matched pair of fancy yellow diamond earrings (est. $25,000-$35,000) with a total weight of over 6.00 carats.



Fancy intense purplish-pink diamond (5.04 carats) and platinum ring, enhanced by bullet-shaped diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.35 carat. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. Heritage Auctions image


No auction of fine gems would be complete without a vast selection of colorless diamonds to complement the bouquet of colors already mentioned. Heritage Auctions is offering diamonds ranging from 1.00 carat to over 6.00 carats, including a gorgeous 6.23-carat pear-shaped white diamond.

Recognized as Hollywood royalty, Lupita Tovar starred in the 1931 Spanish-language version of Dracula. A woman of beauty and charm, she had exquisite taste in jewelry. Her dazzling retro to mid-century jewelry collection featuring Van Cleef & Arpels and Tiffany & Co. jewelry will be offered as part of Heritage Auctions’ jewelry auction in Beverly Hills.

Tovar’s collection which the acclaimed actress wore to numerous movie premieres and award shows is highlighted by two beautiful Van Cleef & Arpels items, a ruby, diamond, platinum, gold brooch, (below; est. $12,000-$15,000) and a diamond, platinum ring, (est. $10,000-15,000) which features a sparkling marquise-shaped diamond.



Ruby, diamond, platinum, gold brooch, Van Cleef & Arpels, 4 ½ in. x 1 ¾ in. Property from the Estate of Lupita Tovar and Paul Kohner, Bel Air, Calif. Estimate: $12,000-$15,000. Heritage Auctions image


Tovar was working at Universal, dubbing American films into Spanish, when she met her future husband, agent Paul Kohner, who had her cast as “Eva Steward” in the Spanish-language version of Dracula, which was shot concurrently with the famed Bela Lugosi version. Revived over the past 20 years, the film brought Tovar a large following among film buffs for her sensual portrayal of the film’s leading lady.

“She became known when portraying the heroine in the classic Dracula done for the Spanish market, she was every bit a star in her own right in this country and her native Mexico for her many other roles,” said Grey Smith, director of Vintage Posters at Heritage Auctions. “In 2001 she was awarded the Mexican Film Industry’s Golden Ariel Award for her lifetime contribution to the great culture of country.”

After the success of her first Spanish-language film, La Voluntad del Muerto, Tovar, who was known to many by just her first name, became known as “The Sweetheart of Mexico.” Between 1929 and 1945, she appeared in 30 films, both American and Mexican, and at times playing the leading lady for male stars like Henry Fonda, Buster Keaton and Buck Jones.