The sale in Geneva is one of the most important royal jewellery auctions ever, says Sotheby’s.
Marie Antoinette was an Austrian princess before her marriage to France’s King Louis XVI. Her extravagant lifestyle turned her into a hate figure in the years leading up to the French Revolution, when many French people could barely afford to feed their families.
She smuggled out her jewellery to her family in Austria before her failed attempt to flee France with Louis XVI and their children. She was guillotined in 1793 at the age of 37.
A collection of his personal items, including his wheelchair, were sold by Christie’s.
Among the items was Hawking’s motorized wheelchair, used in the 1980s and 1990s. While the chair was expected to sell somewhere between £10,000 and £15,000, the ultimate price was nearly £300,000 (almost $392,000). The proceeds from the wheelchair will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, The Guardian reports.
“Somebody’s got some explaining to do,” says one former board member of the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Illinois
At the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln’s legacy is alive. But some of Lincoln’s most prized possessions are in peril – including his hat, gloves, quill pen and a fan that belonged to his wife, Mary. They may go to auction because of a historic debt, reports CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz.
“What I sometimes say is, he couldn’t catch a break in the 19th century and it seems now he can’t catch a break in the 21st century,” Carla Knorowski said. She runs the museum’s private foundation, which is more than $9 million short on a $23 million loan used to buy Lincoln artifacts from a private collector. The money’s due next year, and one way to get the money fast? Auction off Lincoln’s belongings.