The World’s Most Expensive Tiara

The World’s Most Expensive Tiara
June 15, 2013 Nicholas Kuhne

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A dazzling tiara featuring emeralds believed to have belonged to Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, sold for a record 11.28 million Swiss francs ($12.80 million) to an anonymous buyer at Sotheby’s.

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The diamond and emerald tiara was commissioned by German prince Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck’s for his second wife Katharina.

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It was top lot at a sale that netted 78.9 million Swiss francs, third highest for a jewellery sale, the auction house said.

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“It is needless to say a world record price at auction for a tiara,” said David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and Middle East jewellery department.

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Eugénie de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III

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