(CNN) – Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France, is still able to capture the imagination of the public – or at least buyers with much spare money – more than 200 years after her unfortunate head.
A royal and diamond pendant of the royal royal collection, which Sotheby gave as "one of the most important jewelry collections ever to come to an auction," has brought more than $ 36 million on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland. The item dropped pre-sale estimates that were valued between $ 1 million and $ 2 million.
Sotheby auction house tweeted that the price, which includes the buyer's premium, has set a new auction record for pearl.
The shell is part of an incredible collection that included a diamond double-ribbon bowl brooch, which sold for more than $ 2.1 million, and a monogram ring with Antoinette hair weaving strings, which went about $ 440,000. Pearl and diamond necklaces were captured for $ 2.2 million.
The collection was part of a larger auction including items from the Bourbon Parma family, one of Europe's most significant dynasty houses. In total, the 100 items became more than $ 53 million.
The family have contacted French royalties, including Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI's husband, as well as the Spanish kings, Austrian emperors and Parma's deputies.
After smuggled out
In March 1791, the queen's jewelery was wrapped and laid in a wooden kit and smuggled from France to Vienna to keep safe during the French Revolution by Count Mercy Argentau, keeper faithful to the queen.
Antoinette, an Austrian rebellion was born by birth, and Louis XVI's husband was arrested months later and executed by a gilotine in 1793. Their son died in captivity soon after 10.
"Her last surviving child, Marie-Thérèse, known as Madame Royale, was released from three years of solo confusion in 1795. After she came to Vienna in 1796, she She regained her mother's games, which was kept safe by her cousin, the Austrian Emperor, "said Sotheby in a statement.
The collection is kept in the family for over 200 years. Some of the games on a public show for the first time this fall, when they were brought to New York, Dubai, London, Singapore and Taipei on an international pre-auction tour.
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