Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson: the glamour couple between 1956 and 1959 acquired the two Cartier Tiger.
The valuable Tiger jewels from the House of Cartier once included the Duchess of Windsor. Later, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber donated it to his wife, the soprano Sarah Bright man. Now Christie’s auction house sold it the famous Tiger couple in a complete package. Estimated value: 1.8 to 2.5 million US dollars.
Big cats with background story: the bracelet and brooch in the form of the Tiger are made of Onyx and diamonds. Together with their carriers, they formed the radiant Center on numerous social events. But only the celebrities love stories that go along with the Cartier Tigers, make the trinkets to legends.
Big Love: Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson
Edward VIII. (1894-1972) was not once a year on the British Throne when he abdicated in 1936, to his great love, the twice-divorced American Wallis Simpson (1896-1986) to marry. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, as her title from then on was, among the Jet set of their time.You resided mainly in France and the United States. Together they built up a remarkable collection of Before Keep jewellery which reflected the style of the 1940s and 1950s. The glamour couple between 1956 and 1959 acquired the two Cartier Tiger.
The Collection of the Duchess
About a year after Wallis Simpson death was auctioned off her jewelry collection on a well-received auction in Geneva. It were the to date most valuable jewel collection that was ever under the hammer. Seven Cartier products in big cats look changed hands, including the aforementioned Tiger.
Power Couple: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sarah Bright man
Star composer Andrew Lloyd Webber seized the moment. He bought the two extravagant pieces for his wife, the English soprano Sarah Bright man. The worldwide success of the power couple with the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” celebrated in those days was for the generous gift. Webber had composed the musical, Bright man excelled in the title role.
Separation of Man and Tigers
According to auction house Christie’s had the Tiger jewels of the soprano “enormous pleasure”.However, she have decided to sell; others can enjoy as well the “magnificence” of the precious duo, “how she did it”. By the way, long separated Bright man and Webber. The marriage remained childless and divorced in 1990, only six years after their marriage.
After all, Bright man will not alone keep the proceeds of the auction: A previously Untitled content will flow in the “Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation” devoted to promoting musical talent.
11 November 2014 at Christie of in Geneva, Switzerland. The Cartier Tiger will offered as a duo.The estimated value is between 1.8 and 2.5 million dollars.