Eva Perón's Brooch Brings High Price

June 1998

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Eva Perón's Brooch Brings High Price

An invisibly set sapphire, diamond and yellow diamond brooch of the Argentine flag that once belonged to Eva Perón sold to an anonymous bidder for $992,500 at a Christie's New York auction this spring. The presale estimate was $80,000 to $120,000.

The brooch was made for Perón, the first lady of Argentina in the 1940s and 1950s, by Van Cleef & Arpels, which invented invisible setting. The well-dressed wife of dictator Juan Perón wore the brooch frequently in her public appearances.

Sapphires and white diamonds form the blue and white stripes of the flag, while yellow diamonds depict the flag's sun motif.

by Stacey King

Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.


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