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London Chapter: The Inside Story of the Record-Breaking Landmark Auction: The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor

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The sale of the Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor remains some four decades after the event, the first and most glamorous of all single-owner jewelry auctions. 
In this presentation, guest speakers Daniela Mascetti and David Bennett, describe the events leading up to this extraordinary two-day auction and discuss some of the most important jewels commissioned by the Duke and Duchess - many of which have become emblematic of the 20th Century and some of the jewels coined the “other” crown jewels.
Join us to find out why!
About the speakers
Daniela Mascetti
Daniela Mascetti is one of the jewelry world's most experienced scholars specializing in the history of jewelry. Daniela joined Sotheby’s in 1980 and soon after opened the firm’s jewelry department in Milan. After a distinguished career of 40 years at Sotheby’s, she was appointed Chairman Jewellery, Europe, a position she retained until 2020. 
David Bennett
Regarded internationally as a leading authority in the field of precious stones and jewelry, David Bennett is best known for his role as Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby's jewelry division, a post he held until 2020, after a brilliant 42 years career at Sotheby’s. During his prestigious career, David sold three of the five most expensive jewels in auction history and as well as seven 100-carat diamonds – earning him the nickname the ‘100-carat man’.

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