At Press Time
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.