Onassis jewels sell for $13.3 million at auction
LONDON (Reuters) - Jewellery belonging to Christina Onassis, daughter of Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis who struggled to find happiness despite her family's wealth, fetched 6.8 million pounds ($13.3 million) at auction on Wednesday.
All 44 pieces from her collection on offer at Christie's were sold, including a 38-carat D color potentially flawless diamond once part of a necklace which went under the hammer for 3.6 million pounds, roughly double its pre-sale estimate.
Christie's London jewellery sale totaled more than 15 million pounds overall, the highest amount ever for a jewellery auction in Britain, the auctioneer said. The previous record was 12 million pounds set in June, 1990.
Another important piece in the Onassis collection was a rare bowenite Buddha by Carl Faberge which sold for 1.27 million pounds compared with an estimate of 250-350,000 pounds.
Christina Onassis, after whom Aristotle's famous luxury yacht was named, saw her father, brother and mother die in a period of just 24 months. She died aged 37 after a history of drug abuse, weight problems and four failed marriages.
She had a daughter, Athina, who was three years old when her mother passed away.
(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)
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