A dazzling tiara featuring emeralds believed to have belonged to Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, sold for a record 11.28 million Swiss francs ($12.80 million) to an anonymous buyer at Sotheby’s.
The diamond and emerald tiara was commissioned by German prince Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck’s for his second wife Katharina.
It was top lot at a sale that netted 78.9 million Swiss francs, third highest for a jewellery sale, the auction house said.
“It is needless to say a world record price at auction for a tiara,” said David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe and Middle East jewellery department.
The previous record is for the tiara mounting the Shizuka Diamond (101.27 carats), which was sold by Christie’s Hong Kong for $6.2 million in May 2008.