Wallis Simpson, one half of one of the most romantic real life stories ever, had a stunning collection of jewels. Right before they are to be sold forever we can catch a glimpse of the stones and more, of the woman who stole a future king’s heart. So much so, he gave up the crown.
The twice divorced American woman was not the ideal choice for the British royal family’s taste, and refused the right for her and Princess Edward VIII to wed. His speech is one of the most memorable moments in history, stating: “I have found it impossible … to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love.” Can you really get anymore romantic than that?
On display will be, bracelet and other gems, including this intricately designed onyx and diamond bracelet in the shape of a panther, from 1952. The twenty pieces are expected to go for $4.7 million dollars when they are sold November 30th.
The international tour will touch on Hong Kong, Moscow, New York and Geneva.
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