Results: $3.5 Million Single-Owner Jewelry Collection  

Results: $3.5 Million Single-Owner Jewelry Collection

Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston and Belperron Among Top Results from the Rita Dee Hassenfeld Collection: Sale Total $3.5 Million

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On September 16, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers conducted a single-owner auction of Important Jewelry from the Estate of Rita Dee Hassenfeld. International dealers, collectors and institutions took note early on, many traveling to Chicago to view the impressive collection. Preview events in Chicago and New York showcased the sale, presenting highlights of signed pieces from designers such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Belperron, David Webb, Harry Winston and Seaman Schepps. The collection of 250 lots outperformed presale estimates, with sales totaling $3.5 million.

 

Stealing the show was an extremely sought after Art Deco platinum, emerald, diamond, onyx and enamel lapel watch / necklace by Cartier. Signed E.W.&C. Co., it sold for $473,000, tripling its presale estimate of $100,000 – 150,000. Of similar interest, a ring by Harry Winston containing a pear shape brilliant cut diamond weighing approximately 9.12 carats of D color and VS2 clarity sold for $515,000 against a presale estimate of $375,000 – 425,000. An additional Harry Winston ring of platinum, 18 karat yellow gold, emerald and diamond sold for $149,000 with a presale estimate of $70,000 – 90,000.

 

Suzanne Belperron also lured competitive bidding. A pair of silver, green beryl and grey chalcedony dress clips sold for $197,000 against a presale estimate of $30,000 – 50,000. A silver, carved aquamarine and green beryl ring sold for $55,000 while a silver, aquamarine and green beryl double strand necklace sold for $37,500, both Belperron with presale estimates of $7,000 – 9,000.

 

Mrs. Hassenfeld was an accomplished ballerina in her youth and later a dedicated philanthropist and humanitarian. She married the late Harold Irwin Hassenfeld, a member of the founding family of Hassenfeld Brothers, now known as Hasbro Inc. The couple divided their time between two homes in Nashville and Palm Beach.

 

Mrs. Hassenfeld was a founding member of the Swan Ball, one of the premier charity events in the United States attended by hundreds of prestigious supporters. The event continues to benefit Cheekwood Estate in Nashville, Tennessee, a privately supported nonprofit educational institute for the study and appreciation of the arts and botany.

 

Top 10 lots:

Lot 186, A Platinum and Diamond Ring, Harry Winston, sold for $515,000

Pre-sale estimate: $375,000 – 425,000

 

Lot 90, An Art Deco Platinum, Emerald, Diamond, Onyx and Enamel Lapel Watch, Cartier, sold for $473,000

Pre-sale estimate: $100,000 – 150,000

 

Lot 250, A Pair of Silver, Green Beryl and Grey Chalcedony Dress Clips, Suzanne Belperron, sold for $197,000

Pre-sale estimate: $30,000 – 50,000


Lot 169, A Platinum, 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Emerald and Diamond Ring, Harry Winston, sold for $149,000

Pre-sale estimate: $70,000 – 90,000

 

Lot 149, An 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Colored Diamond and Diamond Butterfly Brooch, sold for $100,000

Pre-sale estimate: $18,000 – 22,000

 

Lot 228, A Pair of 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Platinum, Colored Diamond and Diamond Earclips, Van Cleef & Arpels, sold for $100,000

Pre-sale estimate: $25,000 – 35,000

 

Lot 184, A Fine Platinum and Diamond Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels, with a Detachable Cultured Pearl and Diamond Pendant, sold for $93,750

Pre-sale estimate: $60,000 – 80,000

 

Lot 237, A Yellow Gold and Diamond Link Bracelet, Van Cleef & Arpels, sold for $93,750

Pre-sale estimate: $50,000 – 70,000

 

Lot 227, An 18 Karat Yellow Gold, Colored Diamond and Diamond Flexible Collar Necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels, sold for $84,375

Pre-sale estimate: $30,000 – 50,000

 

Lot 187, A Pair of Platinum and Diamond Spray Earclips, Van Cleef & Arpels, with Detachable Cultured Pearl and Diamond Drops, sold for $81,250

Pre-sale estimate: $50,000 – 70,000

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