On the Auction Block: Audobon, a Diamond Tiara, and the Declaration of Independence

Blair Pfander
On the Auction Block: Audobon, a Diamond Tiara, and the Declaration of Independence
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With all this selfless holiday shopping, you inevitably start looking for a little something special for yourself.
And it doesn’t get much more special than an ancient Egyptian engraving of the prophet “Meruka,” for example, or a diamond-studded tiara made to look like a sheath of wheat—both of which hit auction this week.
Here, we round up the ritiziest pieces slated to hit block, from an emerald Art Deco bracelet to the first engraving of the Declaration of Independence.
Go on, treat yourself. You’ve earned it.

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Audobon: There are bird paintings, and then there's Audobon. An early19th century edition of the illustrator's famous "Birds of America," which features everything from flamencos to nesting doves, goes to auction at Christie's on December 7. Estimated $200,000 - $300,000; details at Christie's.

Photo: Christies/Christies

Declaration of Independence: If world-changing historical documents are kind of your "thing," we've got a treat for you: a hand-engraved replica of Thomas Jefferson's hand-written draft of the Declaration of Independence—the only replica ever commissioned by Congress—goes to auction at Christie's on December 7. Estimated
$400,000 - $600,000; details at Christie's.

Photo: Christies/Christies

"Goldfinger" Poster: After the release of "Skyfall," everyone seems to have come down with a case of Bond-fever. Snag a piece of (fictitious) spy history at Bonhams on December 12 with this '64 British quad poster, which features original "Goldfinger" artwork by Robert Brownjohn. Estimated $4,800 - $8,100; details at Bonhams.

Photo: Bonhams/Bonhams

Art Deco Baubles: This glittery '30s-era Art Deco bracelet features nine rectangular and pear-shaped emeralds separated by baguette diamond spacers, and can be wrapped around your wrist come December 10 when it hits Christie's "Magnificent Jewels" auction. Estimated between $350,000 - $450,000; details at Christie's.

Photo: Christies/Christies

Emerson "Little Miracle": Nostalgic for a time when iPhones and LCD screens weren't the primary mode of entertainment? This
1938 red Emerson radio—which features white knobs and a louvred grille— from Richard Balsbaugh's collection of vintage radios hits Bonhams on December 11. Estimated $2,000 - $3,000; details at Bonhams.

Photo: Bonhams/Bonhams

Ancient Egyptian Limestone: If you're looking to make a real mantle-top statement, you should probably be shopping "B.C." Indiana Jones-style collectors will appreciate this circa 2350-2250 B.C. Egyptian limestone relief, which features a carved depiction of "Meruka," the prophet of Khufu. Estimated from $100,000 to $150,000; details at Sothebys.

Photo: Sothebys/Sothebys

Equipo Crónica: This unusual acrylic painted sculpture—which hits auction on December 11—was completed by the "Equipo Crónica," a Spanish art collective best known for its politically-charged take on Pop Art. Estimated between $15,000 - $20,00; details at Christies.

Photo: Christies/Christies

Diamond "Juste un Clou" Cartier Bracelet: We were already obsessed with Cartier's classic "juste un clou" (or "just a nail") bracelets, so you can imagine how excited we were to find a diamond-inlaid edition heading to auction at Phillips de Pury on December 6. No estimate available; details at Phillips de Pury.

Photo: Phillips de Pury/Phillips de Pury

Wheat Sheaf Tiara: You don't have to be a real princess to rock this diamond-studded wheat sheaf tiara, which dates back to the late 19th century and features pear-shaped, circular, and rose diamonds. Set to auction on December 11. Estimated $60,000 - 80,000; details at Sothebys.

Photo: Sothebys/Sothebys

Tiffany Pony Wisteria Lamp: Nothing says you've arrived like a classic Tiffany lamp. This "Pony Wisteria" edition, which hits Bonhams on December 11, features a patinated bronze base and a moody blue flower shade. Estimated $80,000 - $120,000; details at Bonhams.

Photo: Bonhams/Bonhams

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