NEW YORK — The life of Raymond C. Yard (1898-1964) demonstrates the power of a heavy-hitting early endorsement. Born to a railroad conductor and a stay-at-home mother, he began his career in the jewelry trade as a door attendant and errand boy for Marcus & Co at age 13, one of the top jewelry firms in New York City. Yard went from earning three dollars a week to becoming one of its top salesmen. In 1922, at the urging of one of Marcus’ most affluent patrons, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., he decided to hang his own shingle on Manhattan’s iconic Fifth Avenue. Rockefeller promised to bring Yard business and he kept his word, not only having the young man design jewelry for his wedding but recommending him to his friends. The jeweler was soon courted by movie stars and high society clients, many of whom commissioned statement pieces from him.
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MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – A 1971 Chevrolet Impala convertible that had been sitting, undriven, in a heated garage for 30 years sped off to a new owner for $31,250, and a 1972 Chevrolet Malibu earned $6,300 despite having some rust issues during a two-session estate auction conducted on May 21 by EstateOfMind Auctions.
NEW YORK – An 18K gold Van Cleef & Arpels 20-motif Alhambra necklace in lapiz lazuli, a Tiffany & Co. platinum, diamond and sapphire flower basket brooch, and a Van Cleef & Arpels 18K gold and diamond Ludo Swann wristwatch will battle for top lot status at Jasper52’s Designer Jewelry & Watches auction, which will take place Tuesday, May 10, starting at 11 am Eastern time.
PALM BEACH, Fla. – On February 10, Hindman Auctions will offer jewelry by legendary designers in its Palm Beach Jewelry auction – pieces ideal for anyone looking to add pieces to their collection that are simultaneously bold and sophisticated. The sale features everything from timeless statement jewelry to nature-inspired works. Illustrious jewelers Tiffany & Co., Elizabeth Locke and David Webb will be represented, and so too will be an assortment of iconic designs. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
CHICAGO – On September 13, Hindman Auctions will present its fall Important Jewelry auction which will be highlighted by an impressive selection of engagement rings. Brooches and cuff bracelets will also be among exceptional lots presented. Top designers such as Verdura, Harry Winston, Sterle, Cartier, Bulgari, Buccellati, Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron will be represented in the auction offerings. Important collections to be featured include property from the collection of an elegant lady (Palm Beach, Florida), property from the estate of Suzanne Rickards (Richfield, Ohio), property from the collection of Mrs. A. Edward Allinson (Palm Beach, Florida) and property of the Hirschfield estate (Santa Barbara, California). Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran’s Fine Jewelry & Timepieces sale offers connoisseurs a myriad of gemstones and pieces from prominent brands such as Cartier, Tiffany, and Breitling. The sale will take place on May 11-12 and will feature the jewelry collection of the late movie actress Vera Ralston. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.