Marie Antoinette may not have made it through the French revolution, but her jewelry sure did. And it has only gotten more valuable over time.
A set of her jewels hit the auction block yesterday in Geneva, courtesy of Sotheby’s.
Among the 100 lots—each stunning in its own right—there was one decisive star: Marie Antoinette’s natural pearl and diamond pendant. Sotheby’s had estimated to sell the item for between one and two million dollars, but a bidding war upped the price tag to a whopping $36 million.
Here are some of the highlights of the sales: