O F F E R E D A T C H R I S T I E ‘ S G E N E V A O N M A Y 1 4 T O B E N E F I T T W E N T Y C H A R I T A B L E I N S T I T U T I O N S
INCLUDING THE LARGEST SINGLE-OWNER SELECTION OF JEWELS BY JAR EVER SEEN AT AUCTION
Geneva – Christie’s has been entrusted with the sale of the magnificent jewellery collection of Mrs Lily Safra. All proceeds will be generously donated to 20 different charitable institutions. Regarded as a major philanthropist of our time, Mrs Safra is also a discerning connoisseur. This jewellery collection reflects her refined taste and its evolution throughout five decades, from the 1970s to the present day.
Featuring 70 lots, the collection of Mrs Lily Safra is estimated to realise in excess of $20 million and includes important diamonds, rubies and sapphires, as well as an outstanding array of fine antique and period jewellery.
A special section of the sale will be dedicated to a group of extraordinary jewels by JAR, the majority of which were created specifically for Mrs Safra by the renowned jeweller between the 1980s and 2000s. Showcasing 18 pieces, this is the largest private collection of creations by JAR ever to be offered at auction.
François Curiel, International Head of the Jewellery Department : “A sublime collection of 70 rare jewels, comprising the very best in all styles, periods and makers, from the late 18th Century all the way to modern times, is enough to attract the attention of jewellery amateurs and professionals worldwide. When it includes also the largest group of creations by JAR ever to be offered at auction, it is bound to create a sensation. And when the entire proceeds of the sale are to be shared between 20 hand-picked charitable institutions in the four corners of the world, this landmark sale rises to a whole new level. Only a connoisseur with an eye as refined as that of Mrs Lily Safra could have collected such an ensemble of jewels, and only someone with her philanthropic conviction could have expressed such powerful support to worthwhile causes in all charitable fields. We are proud to be associated with such a commendable endeavour“.