Professor Shaw’s jewels go to auction at Sotheby’s Geneva

| November 9, 2012 | 0 Comments
Lot 388, Diamond Ring

Diamonds worth thousands of pounds owned by Guernsey resident, the late Hon. Professor Leonard Shaw, will go under the hammer in Switzerland next week.

Professor Shaw’s magnificent pieces will be offered for sale at the major Sotheby’s auction in Geneva.

Sotheby’s “Sale of Magnificent Jewels” has four of Professor Shaw’s precious jewels listed at the auction where 590 lots of jewellery – some with royal and noble origin – are up for sale on Wednesday 14 November.

Mercator Trustees Limited, who is the Administrator of Professor Shaw’s estate, has also arranged for other remarkable items from the estate to go to Sotheby’s offices in London to be included in the forthcoming Russian Art Sale on 27 November, the Important Furniture & Decorative Arts Sale on 4 December and the Old Master Paintings Sale on 6 December.

Professor Shaw’s firearms collection, dating back to the late Renaissance, will be sold by specialists in London, Thomas Del Mar (in association with Sotheby’s) on 5 December.

Items up for auction within the “Sale of Magnificent Jewels” include an amazing Graff Diamond Necklace (Lot 390) designed as a graduated line of 77 oval diamonds ranging from 1.01 to 3.12 carats which has an estimated value of CHF 200,000 – 300,000.

Also up for auction in Geneva are two diamond rings (Lot 387 and Lot 388). The first, estimated at a value of CHF 90,000 – 140,000, is set at the centre with a brilliant cut diamond weighing 9.95 carats between tapered baguette diamond shoulders, the gallery accented with brilliant cut diamonds size 52.

The second ring has a brilliant cut 6.83 carat diamond set in the centre and has an estimated value of CHF 45,000 – 65,000.

The final item up for sale in Geneva is a diamond bracelet (Lot 389) which has been valued at CHF 90,000 – 140,000. This is designed as a uniform line of 25 claw-set brilliant-cut diamonds of 180mm in length.

Clive Damsell, a Director of Mercator Trustees Limited, said: “Of over 50 items of jewellery within Professor Shaw’s estate – these four items were of the highest value and it was decided that in order to reach a global audience they should be sold by Sotheby’s Geneva.”

Sotheby’s Geneva auction will be streamed live online at
and bids can be placed in real time from anywhere in the world. (Individuals can register for bidding by contacting: or calling +41 22 908 4888).

The remaining 64 lots of jewellery and watches will be sold by Martel Maides Auctions at their Fine Art & Antiques Sale in Guernsey on 29 November, the catalogue for which will be available from Thursday 15 November.

James Bridges, a Director of Martel Maides Auctions said: “It is a great privilege for Martel Maides Auctions to be entrusted with the sale of the majority of the fine jewellery and watches from Professor Shaw’s estate. With a range of beautiful pieces for all budgets, from £50 to £8,000 and Christmas fast approaching, we hope that the sale will generate enormous interest both locally and from bidders worldwide.”

The majority of the furniture, antiques and decorative arts from the estate will then be featured at a single owner sale, “The Professor Leonard Shaw Collection”, to held at Martel Maides in February 2013.

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