Wal­lis Simp­son Cartier Pan­ther bracelet

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Prince Ed­ward VIII, the third hus­band of Wal­lis Simp­son, fa­mously re­lin­quished his throne to marry the twice-di­vorced Amer­i­can so­cialite. Dur­ing his courtship

of Simp­son, the British royal show­ered her with lav­ish gifts of jew­ellery. In 1952, the cou­ple com­mis­sioned Cartier to de­sign the pan­ther bracelet, among other pieces. The bracelet fea­tures 545 pavé set di­a­monds, onyx stones and two emer­alds for the sil­ver cat’s green eyes. At a Sotheby’s auc­tion in 2010, it be­came the most ex­pen­sive bracelet sold at auc­tion, for $7 mil­lion (R99m) and is

the most ex­pen­sive Cartier item sold at auc­tion.

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