ART MARKET / Up for sale

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Jewellery design is much neglected as a fine art - prices normally reflect the value of the stones and precious metals used, rather than the aesthetics of the objects. Over the next 10 days, there is a chance to buy jewels of exceptional style at auction, at prices ranging from pounds 200 to pounds 320,000.

To give the 1950 movie an extra sparkle, Marlene Dietrich wore gowns by Dior and her own ruby and diamond bracelet for a steamy scene in 'Stage Fright'. In it she introduced the song 'The Laziest Gal in Town', which was specially written for her by Cole Porter. The dazzling bracelet was French, made in around 1937. It will be offered for sale at Sotheby's New York on 20 October, with an estimate of dollars 300,000-dollars 400,000.

A pair of gold pendant earrings from around 1830, set with a citrine drop, small emeralds and seed-pearls, which carry an estimate of pounds 1,500-pounds 2,000. They come from the collection of Georgian and Victorian jewellery assembled over the last 25 years by Mrs Louis Charsky. The first part of her collection, consisting of 250 pieces, will be sold at Christie's King Street on 14 October. Such elaborate antique settings as these are still remarkably undervalued.

A dazzling emerald and diamond pendant necklace made for his wife by Harry Winston, one of the greatest jewellery designers of the 20th century. It is expected to fetch dollars 450,000-dollars 700,000 at Sotheby's New York on 20 October. Around 100 jewels from the late Mrs Winston's collection are included in the sale, roughly half of them made by her husband.

A brooch of c 1905 by C R Ashbee (estimated at pounds 7,000-pounds 9,000) and a hair comb by Fred T Partridge (pounds 400-pounds 600) from Celia Larner's collection of Arts and Crafts jewellery at Christie's on 9 October.

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