The Austrian auction house Dorotheum will hold a Jewellery Auction at the Palais Dorotheum, in the heart of Vienna, presenting on the 24th October, the Archduchess Marie Valerie Tiara for the first time, and also several other breath-taking high-jewellery pieces.
It’s not every day that you come across the opportunity to purchase a tiara that's always belonged to the Habsburg family.
Archduchess Marie Valerie was the daughter of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth of Austria, the beloved Sisi. Marie Valerie gave this stunning tiara to her daughter Hedwig in April 1918, on the occasion of her wedding to Count Bernhard zu Stolberg-Stolberg.
The Imperial wedding tiara was made by the Austrian jewellery house Köchert, which is worldwide famous for the star-shaped diamond brooches that were immortalised by the painter Franz Xaver Winterhalter on his portrait of Empress Sisi wearing beautifully nine Köchert stars on her hair.
The Archduchess Marie-Valerie Tiara can be separated into seven brooches in three different sizes and shapes.
Dorotheum estimated the tiara at 60.000 - 120.000 Euros, so the lucky bidders will have to reach deep into their pockets if they want to take home this 40-carat-diamond tiara and be able to wear a piece of history to the next ball.
If you think that it’s a tad too much, there will be plenty of other beautiful pieces at the auction that you check here in our gallery or personally at the Palais Dorotheum. The viewing will be possible daily, from the 6th to the 23rd of October.
Photos via Dorotheum