Madeleine Albright.
Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders/Corbis via Getty Images

Auction of the Week: Bulgari Choker Owned by Madeleine Albright Doubles Estimate

The former U.S. secretary of state’s white gold and diamond “Fireworks” necklace realized more than $24,000

On May 7 and 8, Freeman’s | Hindman sold a portion of The Private Collection of Secretary Madeleine K. Albright. The sale fetched more than quadruple its pre-sale estimate. The late Secretary Albright’s love of jewelry was well known. A statement from the auction house reported that to the former secretary of state, who served under President Clinton from 1997 to 2001, jewelry was often used as a subtle—and sometimes not so subtle—form of diplomacy. The top lot was a Bulgari white gold and diamond “Fireworks” choker necklace, which doubled its estimate to realize $24,130.

Her extensive brooch collection was referred to as her “personal diplomatic arsenal,” and it was a highlight of the sale. A diamond, ruby, and sapphire Patriotic Leopard Pendant/Brooch (Lot 4) featuring an American flag sold for $10,795, while a collection of suffragette-themed jewelry (Lot 2) realized $6,985, nearly ten times its low estimate.

Secretary Albright’s Bulgari choker realized $24,130 at Freeman's | Hindman. Photo: Freeman's | Hindman

Cover: Madeleine Albright.
Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders/Corbis via Getty Images


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