White Cliffs of Dover reprised at Christie’s sale Nov. 18

White Cliffs of Dover

Cultured pearl, enamel and diamond ‘White Cliffs of Dover’ bracelet. Estimate £8,000-£12,000. Christie’s image

LONDON – Christie’s Important Jewels online auction the concludes Nov. 18 presents a diverse array of jewels dating from the late 18th century through to the present, from a group of Victorian insect brooches, opulent belle epoque and Art Deco jewels, bold yellow gold gem-set and enamel designs from the 1960s to 1980s, and a wide selection of signed contemporary pieces by the world’s most renowned jewelry houses including Bulgari, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Graff and Tiffany & Co. A highlight of the sale is a bracelet, formerly in the collection of the late Dame Vera Lynn, which will be sold to benefit the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

A  beautiful cultured pearl, diamond and enamel bracelet, formerly the property of the late Dame Vera Lynn (estimate £8,000-£12,000), will be sold to benefit the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity. Set up by Dame Vera in 2001, the charity has helped more than 600 families who have children affected by cerebral palsy.

Known as Britain’s wartime Forces’ Sweetheart, the singer was a symbol of hope and fortitude right up until her recent death at age 103. The bracelet (above) features an enamel plaque depicting the iconic image of bluebirds flying over the White Cliffs of Dover in reference to Dame Vera’s great wartime hit record. This special and highly personal bracelet was made in 2007 by the Queen’s jeweler, Harry Collins, to mark Dame Vera’s 90th birthday.

White Cliffs of Dover

Late Art Deco ruby and diamond bracelet, Drayson, circa 1940. Estimate: £40,000-£60,000. Christie’s image

Leading lots of the sale include an elegant Edwardian garland design tiara (estimate £45,000-£65,000), an impressive Art Deco diamond and ruby cabochon strap bracelet by Drayson (above; estimate £40,000-£60,000), a rare antique foil-backed diamond collar necklace with a detachable cluster pendant (estimate £100,000-£150,000), and a limited edition diamond “Crash” bracelet watch by Cartier (below; estimate £40,000-£60,000).

White Cliffs of Dover

Cartier limited edition gold and diamond ‘Crash’ wristwatch. Estimate: £40,000-£60,000. Christie’s image

Bidding opened Nov. 4 and will begin closing lot by lot on Wednesday, Nov. 18.


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