Jackie Kennedy’s Faux Pearls Go on the Auction Block

12 Aug

Bid Online or by Phone for these Fake Baubles

Jackie Kennedy was known not only for her Chanel wool suits and Oleg Cassini evenings gowns, but also for her extensive jewelry collection including pieces given to her by President John F. Kennedy.

The late First Lady’s exquisite taste in jewelry is so popular that an entire collection of replicas called the Jackie Kennedy Collection is available on several home shopping networks.

British auction house, Bonhams, will be auctioning off three of Jackie Kennedy’s pearl jewelry pieces on August 15th in London (check out a photo of the late First Lady wearing a three-strand pearl necklace on a state visit to Bogota, Columbia in December, 1961).

Even though the gems are not real, you can still own a piece of Camelot if you bid on one of these items:

  • Simulated Pearl and Diamond Earclips with ‘diamond’-set chain and ‘pearl’ drops (‘diamonds’ missing) estimated to sell between $15,000 and $24,000.
  • Single Strand Simulated Pearl Necklace of ‘pearls’ with ‘diamond’-set sterling silver clasp (approximately 16 inches) estimated to sell between $23,000 and $40,000.
  • Triple Strand Simulated Pearl Necklace of champagne-coloured ‘pearls’ with an ’emerald’ and ‘diamond’ sterling silver clasp (approximately 18 inches) estimated to sell upwards of $40,000.

The items are currently owned by a private British collector who purchased the pieces from a Sotheby’s auction, “From the Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,” held in April 1996.

[Image via Bonhams]

Update: Jackie Kennedy’s jewelry fetched more than £50,000 (over $75,000 US) at auction after her legacy inflated its value by more than 10,000 per cent. Find out more details here.

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