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Marie Antoinette pearl reaps record $36 million, with fees

A large, drop-shaped natural pearl pendant sold for more than $36 million Wednesday at a rare auction of jewelry that once belonged to French Queen Marie Antoinette, which Sotheby’s is calling a record price for a pearl at auction.

 

The “Queen Marie Antoinette’s Pearl,” a diamond-and-pearl pendant, was among the highlight offerings on the block at the Sotheby’s sale of jewelry from the Bourbon-Parma dynasty in Geneva.

 

Some of the Marie Antoinette jewelry hadn’t been seen in public for 200 years — until now.

The buyer wanted to remain anonymous, the auction house said.