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.
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.
Among the highlights of the 68 lots are several pieces from French jewelry designer, Suzanne Belperron, whose unique style and sensually carved designs quickly drew the attention of esteemed clientele, including the Duchess of Windsor, Josephine Baker, Gary Cooper, Daisy Fellowes and Christian Dior. She is known for incorporating rare combinations of minerals and stones in her designs. Important items from Belperron featured in the auction include a sculptural blue chalcedony “Cambodian” cuff accented by bezel-set sapphires, a chalcedony floral fan brooch enhanced by six marquise-cut diamonds, and a ring carved from a single piece of chalcedony accented by three Old European diamonds.
Another mid-20th Century jewelry designer who plays a prominent role in the auction is Fulco di Verdura, the famed Italian jeweler who created colorful sculptural pieces under the Verdura name. Several 18k yellow gold and diamond pieces by Verdura are included in the sale.
Other signed pieces being offered include David Webb, Jean Schlumberger, Bulgari, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and even David Yurman.
Legendre’s jewels represent “one of the most important private collections to come to market in recent times,” said Seth Holehouse, co-CEO of Fortuna, which specializes in jewelry, gemstones and timepieces. “Bo’s infamous sense of humor, fiery personality and extraordinary modernity explain her affinity for Suzanne Belperron, the ultimate modernist with lasting appeal, especially in today’s climate.”
The auction will be held at Fortuna’s New York showroom, 608 5th Avenue, Suite 507. Those interested in bidding can do so in the showroom, online through Fortuna’s website or buy phone. Bidders can also place an absentee bid, which is the highest hammer price one is willing to pay for a particular lot.
Published on Forbes April 22, 2018 @ 12:28 PM. View original article here.