A magnificent 14.07 carats diamond single-stone ring, by David Morris. Estimated £330,000-£460,000. Sold for £446,500 (€626,139). Photo Bonhams
The cushion-shaped diamond, weighing 14.07 carats, within an architectural scrolling mount of brilliant-cut diamonds in micro-pavé settings, signed David Morris, ring size O, maker's case
Accompanied by a report from GIA stating that the diamond is G colour, VS1 clarity. Report number 1152466968, dated 21 May 2013.
"'When you wear this, you don't need any other jewellery,' Bob said as he slipped a very large diamond on my finger. He was correct. The ring was gorgeous, a dazzler! And I was certainly dazzled by it."
Gift from Robert Bradford for Barbara's birthday.
A 18.37 carats sapphire and diamond ring, by Harry Winston. Estimated £98,000-£131,000. Sold for £182,500 (€255,924). Photo Bonhams
The cushion-shaped sapphire, weighing 18.37 carats, between epaulette-shaped diamond single-stone shoulders,diamonds approximately 2.00 carats total, signed Winston, maker's mark, ring size O, maker's case
Accompanied by a report from Gübelin stating that the sapphire is of Burmese origin, with no indications of heating. Report number 13080104, dated 14 August 2013.
Accompanied by a report from Gübelin stating that the sapphire is of Burmese origin, with no indications of heating. Report number 9210051, dated 23 October 1993.
"I love all the movies Bob has made of my books, and I especially enjoy seeing what is known as the 'rough cut'. I remember watching 'Everything to Gain', and thinking what a splendid production it was. I was thrilled to see my characters come alive on the screen. Later that evening, over dinner, Bob gave me the famous blue-leather box from Harry Winston. Inside was a gorgeous sapphire and diamond ring. 'In lieu of applause for being up there on the screen,' Bob said. 'You produced the movie and should have the applause. And the ring!' I answered. He just laughed. The sapphire ring was always a lovely reminder of that book and movie for years. I wore it a lot, and now some other lucky lady can do the same."
Gift from Robert Bradford in 1994 to commemorate his movie of "Everything to Gain".
A 19th century sapphire and diamond brooch. Estimated £66,000-£98,000. Sold for £116,500 (€163,371). Photo Bonhams
The cushion-shaped sapphire, weighing 44.41 carats, within a tiered surround of cushion-shaped diamonds, mounted in silver and gold, diamonds approximately 15.70 carats total, later pin with partial French assay mark, width 4.5cm, fitted case by S.J. Phillips
Accompanied by a report from Gübelin stating that the sapphire is of Sri Lankan origin, with no indications of heating. Report number 13080105, dated 14 August 2013
"Sapphires are my favorite stone, and when Bob saw a magnificent sapphire and diamond brooch on display in a jeweller's shop in London he bought it. The moment I saw it I was impressed. I realised it was probably Victorian. I then wondered who it had belonged to before. The central large sapphire is an extraordinary blue and is surrounded by a diamond line border and a border of larger diamonds. It matched my sapphire ring perfectly, as Bob had known it would. The brooch actually gave me an idea for a novel, which I plan to write soon."
Gift from Robert Bradford to celebrate the Bradford's 33rd wedding anniversary in December 1996. Purchased from S.J. Phillips, London.
A pair of 8.05 and 8.11 carats diamond earclips, by David Morris. Estimated £53,000-£66,000. Sold for £92,500 (€129,715). Photo Bonhams
The cushion-shaped diamonds, weighing 8.05 and 8.11 carats, each supported by a smaller octagonal-cut diamond,each signed David Morris, length 1.65cm, maker's case
"Coloured stones have always appealed to Bob, especially yellow diamonds. In London he found a pair of fancy yellow natural diamond earrings that had an elbow (hook) on the back of each, on which could be hung a drop. He decided I should have these and bought them as a surprise. And they were. When he gave them to me for my upcoming birthday, he said they were perfect for a sunny natured girl, which I thought was a lovely compliment."
Gift from Robert Bradford for Barbara's birthday in 1998.
A diamond bracelet, circa 1955. Estimated £3,500 - £4,500. Sold for £30,000 (€42,069). Photo Bonhams
The highly articulated strap composed of three graduated rows of brilliant-cut diamonds connected by baguette-cut diamond spacers, diamonds approximately 30.70 carats total, length 17.5cm
"Whenever a publisher, or somebody I did business with, told me they were about to present me with a gift, I would answer, 'Oh, how lovely, a diamond bracelet, of course'. They knew I was teasing. Bob apparently got tired of hearing this refrain. In 1986 he asked me to write the screen play for 'Hold The Dream'. He was about to start filming, but didn't like the script he had. I wrote one at breakneck speed. When I asked him how much he was paying me, he said he would give me a present later. I told him I'd heard that before. During filming, he invited me to Shepperton Studios outside London to have lunch and see the rushes (latest daily filmed segments). As we were eating in the studio canteen, he reached into his pocket and asked for my hand. I gave it to him. He dropped something cold in it. When I looked, I let out an excited yelp. Bob said, 'Now you don't have to mention that diamond bracelet ever again. I've just given it to you.' Indeed he had. It was a gorgeous antique diamond and platinum bracelet, hunted down by our jeweller friend, Claire Richter."
Gift from Robert Bradford in 1986 for writing the screenplay of his movie "Hold The Dream".
A coral and diamond "Rose de Noel" brooch and earclip suite, by Van Cleef & Arpels. Estimated £13,000-£20,000. Sold for £23,750 (€33,305). Photo Bonhams
Each flowerhead of carved and polished corallium rubrum petals with brilliant-cut diamond pistils and polished stamens, signed, numbered, maker's marks, French assay marks, diameter of brooch 5.0cm, diameter of earclips 3.5cm, maker's cases (3)
"One year, when Bob presented me with two navy-blue suede boxes, I knew immediately that he had been to one of my favourite jewellers, Van Cleef & Arpels. When I opened them, I discovered a salmon coral brooch with a diamond centre in one and matching earrings in the other. They made every outfit I wore look special, and the colour was superb. It still is. This gift was truly a big surprise. I had asked him not to buy me a birthday present because I had been given the 'Augustus' a few months earlier. He obviously didn't take my words seriously. However, he did point out that he was giving me the gift on a day that was actually not my birthday. He always has an excuse."
Gift from Robert Bradford for Barbara's birthday in 1995.
A 39.50 carats tourmaline and diamond necklace, by Tambetti. Estimated £6,800 - £7,200. Sold for £13,750 (€19,282). Photo Bonhams.
The rivière of graduating brilliant-cut diamonds in scalloped collets with a detachable pendant set with a large step-cut green tourmaline within a brilliant-cut diamond frame, suspended from a line of baguette and brilliant-cut diamonds, diamonds approximately 9.80 carats total, tourmaline approximately 39.50 carats, pendant signed Tambetti, necklace length 42.2cm, pendant length 6.5cm
When Barbara's first novel, "A Woman of Substance" was published in 1979 it went from bestseller to super seller within its first year and stayed on the New York Times' list for 55 weeks. The book tells the story of Emma Harte and the machinations and intrigue of a family retail empire. Barbara described Emma Harte as "a woman who was strong, independent, driven, ambitious, courageous – willing to go out and put herself on the line and do something. I created a woman who wanted to conquer the world."
"In my novel 'A Woman of Substance', the protagonist Emma Harte has green eyes. The great love of her life, Paul McGill, gives her emeralds to match them. The first green stones Bob gave me were a pendant and matching ring of tourmalines, each surrounded by diamonds. They had been found for him by our friend, Claire Richter, who owned a jewellery shop on Fifth Avenue. It was Claire who located the perfect diamond chain for the pendant. When Bob gave the set to me he said they matched my green eyes. I was thrilled by this gift and wore the set for years."
Gift from Robert Bradford in 1984 to celebrate the Bob and Barbara's 21st wedding anniversary.
A 29.70 carats tourmaline and diamond ring, by Tambetti. Estimated £3,500 - £4,500. Sold for £7,500 (€10,517). Photo Bonhams.
The large step-cut tourmaline between pierced shoulders set with brilliant-cut diamonds, tourmaline approximately 29.70 carats, diamonds approximately 2.90 carats total, signed Tambetti, ring size O½
"The green tourmaline and diamond ring which matches the pendant is large and dramatic, and it always looked wonderful worn with cream, white and pale blue. Some years after Bob gave it to me, the ring was redesigned, as was the pendant. New York jeweller Dvora of Tambetti, Inc created new diamond settings which show off the tourmalines to great effect. The additional diamonds add to the sparkle. Now someone else can wear the ring and pendant whether they have green eyes or not."
Gift from Robert Bradford in 1984 to celebrate Bob and Barbara's 21st wedding anniversary.
A grey cultured pearl necklace and pair of earclips, by David Morris. Estimated £20,000 - £25,000. Sold for £12,500 (€17,529). Photo Bonhams.
The single-row necklace composed of 13.9-15.3mm cultured pearls of silver grey tint, to a barrel clasp set with baguette-cut diamonds, the earclips each set with a 16.4mm cultured pearl of silver grey tint with marquise and pear-shaped diamond spray surmount, diamonds in necklace approximately 3.00 carats total, diamonds in earclips approximately 5.00 carats total, unsigned, necklace length 46.4cm, earclip length 2.5cm, earclips with David Morris pouch
"Pearls seem to be my trademark, as far as my fans are concerned. If I'm not wearing pearls at a book event they're attending, they get quite upset. It doesn't matter if they're my white, pink or golden pearls, as long as a string is around my neck they're happy. It was Bob who found a fine row of Tahitian dove grey pearls which are quite extraordinary. They appear to change color in different light, and with what I'm wearing. The pearls can acquire a silvery sheen, turn very dark, even almost black. I always enjoyed wearing them, and had many comments and questions about them over the years. The Tahitian grey earrings with diamonds in a half moon shape are equally as beautiful. When Bob gave them to me I was astonished, and thrilled. He told me it took the jeweller quite a long time to collect the pearls, since they're all about the same size."
Gift from Robert Bradford for Christmas.
A diamond wristwatch, by Piaget. Estimated £3,500 - £4,500. Sold for £9,000 (€12,620). Photo Bonhams.
The rectangular dial set with brilliant-cut diamonds, the glass signed Piaget, on an integral-link brilliant-cut diamond bracelet strap, diamonds approximately 10.50 carats total, case signed and numbered, French marks, length 17.8cm
"Much to my surprise, my novel, 'A Woman of Substance', was a bestseller in foreign languages. In particular, it was a great hit in France and made many of the French bestseller lists. To celebrate this unexpected little triumph, Bob took me to Madame Perrin's shop when we were in Paris, where we picked out a bracelet-watch together. I feel lost if I'm not wearing a watch, but Bob felt I should have one that looked dressier. Hence the diamond-and-gold Piaget he bought me. I've always liked this watch for its daintiness as well as its chicness."
Gift from Robert Bradford in 1981 to celebrate the French edition of "A Woman of Substance".
A diamond-set bangle, by Bulgari, 1982. Estimated £2,000 - £2,500. Sold for £4,375 (€6,135). Photo Bonhams.
The central arrow-shaped buckle motif highlighted by pavé-set brilliant-cut diamonds, on a polished sprung bangle of ridged design, diamonds approximately 2.65 carats total, signed Bulgari, numbered, inner diameter 4.2cm approximately, Bulgari case
"When I broke my right wrist in the early 1980s, I still wrote even though my hand and arm were in a cast. We even went on holiday at Christmas to Las Brisas in Acapulco. At my request Bob had arranged for me to have a typewriter there, and I continued to work on 'Voice of the Heart', my second novel, wearing the cast. When we returned to New York, Bob came home one evening bearing a gift. As he placed a gold and diamond bangle on my left arm, he called it my badge of honour for being a real professional. It was a lovely thought, a superb gift, and once the cast was off I could wear it on my right wrist."
Gift from Robert Bradford in 1982 to celebrate Barbara's finishing "Voice of the Heart".
A keshi pearl and diamond brooch by Moussaieff. Estimated £7,000 - £9,000. Sold for £3,750 (€5,258). Photo Bonhams.
Designed as a sea anemone with radiating keshi pearl tentacles of various shapes and sizes, some with pavé-set brilliant-cut diamond tips, the central pavé-set brilliant-cut diamond disc issuing fine brilliant-cut diamond tendrils,unsigned, diameter approximately 11.5cm, Moussaieff presentation case
"I have been addicted to brooches ever since I was in my twenties and have collected them over the years. Many were bought for me by my husband. He came back from a London trip one December, bringing a special gift. It was a glamorous brooch he had found at the Bond Street jeweller Moussaieff. The large Keshi pearl 'star' was encrusted with diamonds and it was a show stopper. It made a dramatic statement on evening gowns, dresses and jackets, and you would be surprised how many people wanted to buy it right off my dress."
A "Trinity" ring, by Cartier. Estimated £1,000-£1,500. Sold for £1,375 (€1,928). Photo Bonhams.
Three interlocking hoops, each of different colour, signed Cartier, numbered, ring size L-M approximately, fitted case by Cartier
"In the early 1980s, Bob and I got married again, just for the fun of it. The second wedding took place on an island in the Caribbean and I wore a short white dress and carried a bouquet of flowers. Bob gave me yet another wedding ring, this time a three-color gold Trinity ring. I have a lot of wedding rings from him, but this was a favourite at that particular time."
Gift from Robert Bradford in 1984.