Sure, the tiara Kate Middleton borrowed from the queen for her royal nuptials was pretty.But it paled in comparison to the pearl and diamond confection that’s due on Christie’s auction block in London June 8.
The tiara and accompanying bracelet and brooch belonged to Hannah Primrose, an heiress to a massive banking empire in England.
It’s likely that Hannah acquired the jewels around the time she married the handsome and intelligent Archibald, fifth Earl of Rosebery, in 1878, according to Christie’s.
The exquisite Rosebery tiara is a particularly potent symbol of the Rosebery’s wealth and status.
It is accompanied by seven pearl and diamond drops that can be attached to the band to form a coronet, or hung beneath each detachable circular cluster when they are worn as brooches.
The jewels will be sold in two lots. The tiara is expected to fetch between $1.6 million and $2.4 million,while the bracelet and brooch are estimated to sell together for between $486,000 and $648,000.