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A glittering occasion—”Bo” Legendre’s jewels go on sale at Fortuna New York

BY CHRISTINA OHLY EVANS, Financial Times “How To Spend It”

Legendre’s private collection is a tantalising trove of rare gems By Belperron, Verdura and Van Cleef & Arpels.

 

The late heiress to the Sanford family fortune, Bokara “Bo” Legendre – was an artist, performer, philanthropist, writer and, above all, nonconformist with eclectic and exquisite tastes. So an auction of her jewels is enough to prick up aesthetes’ ears the world over – especially when the lots include a large collection of pieces by French jewellery designer Suzanne Belperron whose rare designs were sought after by the Duchess of Windsor, Christian Dior and, more recently, Karl Lagerfeld. The Bokara Legendre Estate Sale at Fortuna in New York on April 25 will feature a rare selection of Belperron’s sculptural pieces, in addition to gems by Verdura, Van Cleef & Arpels and numerous Art Deco Cartier designs.

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Read full article at Financial Times’s “How To Spend It.”

Forbes: Signed Jewels From The Estate of Bo Legendre Will be Sold At Auction

BY ANTHONY DEMARCO, FORBES

 

An eclectic collection of signed modern jewels owned by Bokara “Bo” Legendre, the late heiress to the Sanford family fortune, will be sold by Fortuna Auction on April 25.

Belperron "Cambodian" Chalcedony Cuff

Blue chalcedony “Cambodian” cuff accented by bezel-set sapphires by Suzanne Belperron. Its estimate is $100,000 – $150,000

 

Legendre, who died in December 2017, lived a multifaceted life as an actor, painter, spiritual explorer, world traveler and philanthropist, while spending time at homes in New York, Northern California and the family estate in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Her jewels reflected her artistic and eclectic tastes, pursuing pieces from some of the greatest designers and artists in the mid-20th Century. Legendre’s collection shows she favored yellow gold, colorful gems and intricate designs.

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Globe-Trotting Socialite Bokara Legendre’s Jewelry Collection Comes to Auction

BY CAROLYN MEERS, ROBB REPORT

On April 25, Fortuna will offer several of Legendre’s highly collectible pieces for sale.

A world traveler, a writer, a devoted spiritual seeker—Bokara “Bo” Legendre’s numerous interests shine through in her jewelry, which is being offered for sale on April 25 through New York-based auction house Fortuna. The 68-lot collection includes rare designs that Legendre, who passed away last winter, collected or was given by her mother, socialite Gertrude Legendre.

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Magnificent Jewels a Record-Breaking Auction for Fortuna

A Pair of Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond Studs, 4.04ct Total. Achieved $87,500. All prices include buyer’s premiums.

Important White and Yellow Diamond Prices Soar in Magnificent Jewels Auction

In their first-ever Magnificent Jewels auction, Fortuna shattered their previous sale records, with the sale realizing a total of $2.3 million, selling 70% by value. With strong interest around the globe, registered bidders came from 41 countries across six continents. The top price achieved in the sale was $994,000 for a rare 10.33ct D Color Internally Flawless emerald cut diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels.

A 5.01ct D IF Emerald Cut Diamond Ring. Achieved $200,000.

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Entrepreneur Success: Interview with Fortuna Auction’s John Saxon

Fortuna Auction’s President John Saxon was interviewed on IdeaMensch, a site featuring entrepreneurs. Here’s his Q&A:

John is responsible for providing executive leadership, strategic vision, and high-level oversight of global operations and business development for the auction house. John has more than 15 years of experience in business development and growth strategy and holds a Master’s Degree in engineering.

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Fortuna Auction’s Spring Jewels Sale Excites at Waldorf Astoria

The May 17 Spring Jewels auction marked an important milestone for Fortuna Auction, one of the world’s few boutique jewelry auctions, and the only one headquartered in New York City.

Past auctions were always held in our showroom on 5th Avenue. It was a big step for us to hold our preview and sale in such a prestigious hotel, and we were overwhelmed (emotionally and logistically) with the turnout.

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Financial Times—Alternative auctions: Boutiques find niche in an underserved marketplace

By Syl Tang

Financial Times

For decades, the only reputable option for watch and jewellery aficionados looking for something vintage or collectable were the big name auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s, where buyers were assured of authenticity and quality.

But, with global marketing of large auctions leading to record-setting hammer prices, deals have become increasingly difficult for collectors to find, never mind wholesalers hoping to acquire for resale.

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Fortuna Auction Jewels on Display at Helen Yarmak’s Fifth Avenue Penthouse Party

Up top at her Fifth Avenue penthouse in the Crowne Building, Moscow-based designer and furrier Helen Yarmak was in New York last night to welcome in some fine jewelry pieces to her showroom, part of the Fortuna Auction Fall Jewels Preview to Benefit the Couture Council.

Fortuna welcomed over 100 tastemakers to a private cocktail party at the showroom where guests included Patricia Field (who often used Yarmak’s pieces when selecting costumes for HBO’s Sex and the City), Janna Bullock and Mai Hallingby who perused the two million dollars worth of stunning antique, contemporary and estate jewelry and designs that will be up for bid at Fortuna’s Fall Fine Jewels Auction on November 29th.

Throughout the evening, guests were kept busy trying on the exquisite pieces from famed design houses, including Cartier, David Webb, Tiffany & Co., Hermes and many others.

To assist with Hurricane Sandy victims, Ms. Yarmak has added a stunning pair of diamond and gold tulip earrings to the auction and will donate 100% of the Buyer’s Premium to relief efforts. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from sales of her furs at the preview event benefited the Couture Council.
There will be over 400 beautiful, unique antique, contemporary and estate jewelry pieces up for bid at Fortuna’s showroom at 608 5th Avenue in New York City on November 29th, as well as by phone, through absentee bids or online at www.fortunaauction.com

Republished from HauteLiving.com