November 14, 2018 / 10:55 PM / 25 days ago

Bourbon Parma jewels fetch record $53.2 million including Marie Antoinette gems

FILE PHOTO: Jewelry once owned by Marie Antoinette is displayed during a press preview ahead of the upcoming auction "Royal jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family" at Sotheby's in New York City, New York, U.S., October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

GENEVA (Reuters) - One hundred Bourbon Parma family jewels, including 10 pieces that belonged to French Queen Marie Antoinette, fetched 53.5 million Swiss francs ($53.2 million), setting a world record for a royal collection, Sotheby’s said on Wednesday.

“The Marie Antoinette provenance is probably second to none. It’s a record for a sale of royal jewels,” David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s international jewelry division who conducted the Geneva auction, told reporters. It had exceeded the total for the historic auction of the jewels of the Duchess of Windsor, in the same Swiss city in 1987, he added.

($1 = 1.0054 Swiss francs)

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by James Dalgleish

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