Sotheby’s Presents: Dame Shirley Bassey’s Iconic Jewellery Collection

Sotheby’s will be offering the coveted jewellery collection of Dame Shirley Veronica Bassey, a distinguished Member of the Order of the Companion of Honour, a prestigious recognition bestowed upon her by The King for her exceptional contributions to the realm of music.

This highly anticipated event marks a historic occasion as it signifies the first instance where the illustrious Welsh-born British singer will part ways with cherished pieces from her esteemed jewellery and watch ensemble through the medium of auction.

Dame Shirley Bassey’s Jewellery Legacy

Dame Shirley Bassey’s illustrious career, spanning an impressive seven decades, has been punctuated by numerous accolades and milestones, including the revered Grammy Hall of Fame Award. A luminary in British music history, her affinity for jewellery burgeoned during her formative years as a burgeoning singer.

Sotheby's Presents: Dame Shirley Bassey's Iconic Jewellery Collection

Each item within her illustrious collection serves as a tangible memento, encapsulating pivotal moments in her extraordinary journey through the realm of music, thereby transcending the boundaries of mere adornments to become cherished repositories of her cherished memories and experiences.

“Collecting jewellery for me is like collecting memories, and this collection is full of them. All the pieces are meaningful and have a story to tell, whether I bought them for myself, or they were gifted to me,” remarked Dame Shirley Bassey, offering profound insight into the sentimental value imbued within each exquisite piece.

A Glittering Tapestry of Elegance: The Collection Unveiled

Bearing witness to an opulent display of opulence and refinement, Dame Shirley Bassey’s collection, showcased as part of Sotheby’s Fine Jewels biannual sale in Paris, boasts over eighty resplendent pieces, each a testament to her discerning taste and unwavering commitment to excellence.

Curated from a diverse array of esteemed brands including Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, these treasures embody a harmonious fusion of timeless elegance and contemporary allure, serving as emblematic reflections of Dame Shirley Bassey’s unparalleled musical legacy.

“I fell in love with jewellery when I first discovered natural pearls as an up-and-coming singer, and I bought myself my first string of pearls – the first piece of jewellery I’d ever bought. However, I quickly graduated to my lifelong passion for diamonds which preceded the recording of Diamonds Are Forever. In fact, I accepted to sing the song because it rang true to me and the way I felt about diamonds then and now,” shared Dame Shirley Bassey, unveiling the deeply personal connection between her iconic music and her enduring fascination with the resplendent allure of diamonds.

An Exclusive Preview: Showcasing Dame Shirley Bassey’s Treasures

Dame Shirley Bassey’s unparalleled collection will be showcased, offering enthusiasts a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the splendour of these remarkable treasures.

The exhibition will grace the halls of Sotheby’s London from 24-29 May, before culminating in a grand finale at Sotheby’s Paris on 4 October, where the entire collection will be presented to discerning collectors and connoisseurs from around the globe.

In a poignant display of philanthropic generosity, proceeds from the forthcoming auction will be allocated to support Dame Shirley Bassey’s chosen charitable endeavours, reaffirming her steadfast commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Through this noble initiative, Dame Shirley Bassey continues to exemplify the timeless values of compassion and altruism, leveraging her influential platform to effect positive change on a global scale.

Exquisite Offerings: Top Lots to Anticipate

Among the standout offerings poised to captivate discerning collectors are an exquisite diamond necklace, boasting an estimated value of 270,000 Euros – 320,000 Euros, and a dazzling diamond and gold parure crafted by Cartier, with an estimated value ranging from 200,000 Euros to 250,000 Euros.

Additionally, a striking yellow diamond ring, valued at an estimated 165,000 Euros – 200,000 Euros, and an opulent emerald and diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels, with an estimated worth of 60,000 Euros – 70,000 Euros, are anticipated to garner considerable attention from aficionados of haute jewellery.

As the world eagerly awaits the unveiling of Dame Shirley Bassey’s esteemed jewellery collection, anticipation runs high for what promises to be an unforgettable celebration of elegance, refinement, and musical legacy.

Through the sale of her cherished treasures, Dame Shirley Bassey not only offers enthusiasts a rare glimpse into her extraordinary life but also underscores the enduring power of music to transcend boundaries and inspire generations.

As the curtain rises on this illustrious auction event, the timeless allure of Dame Shirley Bassey’s jewellery collection continues to captivate hearts and minds, leaving an indelible mark on the annals of music history.

Images: Sotheby’s

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