Past Auction

Important Jewelry, including The Rosalind P. Walter Collection Part I

Thu, Oct 01, 2020 at 12pm EDT |
New York
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South Sea Pearl and Yellow Diamond Earclips Achieve $237,500


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  • Auction of Important Jewelry on October 1, 2020 Totals $3.5 Million!
  • Featuring The Collection of Rosalind P. Walter: the Original Rosie the Riveter and a Generous Donor to PBS
  • Pair of South Sea Pearl and Yellow Diamond Earclips Achieves $237,500

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle’s auction of Important Jewelry on October 1, 2020 continued the recent string of highly successful jewelry auctions  at Doyle. Showcased dazzling jewelry by the world’s most prestigious makers, including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb and Tiffany & Co., including high-carat-weight diamond and colored stone rings, as well as fine watches, gentlemen’s accessories and objets de vertu. Highlighting the sale was dazzling jewelry from The Rosalind P. Walter Collection.

With competitive bidding, the sale totaled an exceptionally strong $3,504,375, surpassing the pre-sale estimate of $1,892,500-2,778,000, with 90% sold by lot and 94% sold by value.

Highlighting the sale was a stunning pair of South Sea cultured pearl and Fancy Intense Yellow diamond pendant-earclips from the Property of an Elegant Lady realized a strong $237,500. 

The Rosalind P. Walter Collection Part I

Doyle is honored to present at auction this Fall the exceptional and extensive jewelry collection assembled by Rosalind P. Walter (1924-2020), the original "Rosie the Riveter" and a generous benefactor of PBS. Raised in privilege on Long Island and Fairfield, Connecticut, the former Rosalind Palmer joined the war effort in 1942, working as a riveter at the Vought Aircraft Company in Stratford, Connecticut. Society chronicler Igor Cassini wrote about her in his popular "Cholly Knickerbocker" column, which then inspired the hit song, Rosie the Riveter. In later years, she devoted herself to philanthropy with her principal focus on public broadcasting. She became the largest individual supporter of WNET New York, helping underwrite 67 shows or series over forty years.  Read More

Topping the jewelry from the Rosalind P. Walter Collection was a glittering colored diamond and diamond necklace by Graff that sold for $112,500, well over its $50,000-070,000 estimate.

Jewelry from The Rosalind P. Walter Collection will also be offered in the October 20 Jewelry Online auction and the October 21 Fine Jewelry auction.

The Magic of Cartier & Disney

Collectors vied for two rare charm bracelets created by Cartier in collaboration with Disney, circa 1938-40. The charm bracelets were created to celebrate the release of the Disney films Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio. Estimated each at $20,000-40,000, the colorful charm bracelets were 'blockbuster hits' with collectors fetching $81,250 for Snow White and $53,150 for Pinocchio.  Read More

Calder's Coils

Wearable art by one of America's greatest Modern masters! From the Estate of Shirley K. Manley were three pieces of jewelry by Alexander Calder led by a brass and steel spiral pin that sold for $59,375, surpassing its $30,000-50,000 estimate.  Read More

All prices include the Buyer's Premium.


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  • Estate of Julia Acton Forrest
  • Estate of Mossavar Akhavan
  • From the Estate of Ruby and Lester Callahan
  • Property from a New York Private Collector
  • Property from the Collection of a European Family residing in North Carolina
  • Property from the Estate of Broadway Actress Jo Sullivan Loesser
  • Property from the Estate of Lewis Mercer Borden of The Borden Dairy Company
  • Property from the Estate of Shirley K. Manley
  • Property of a Newport Beach Matriarch
  • Property of a Private New Jersey Collection
  • Property of an Elegant Lady
  • The Rosalind P. Walter Collection

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