Lot 1696. A Rare 37.29 carats Burmese "Royal Blue" Sapphire and Diamond Brooch, 19th Century. Estimate 13,500,000 — 18,000,000 HKD (1,722,465 - 2,296,620 USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.

Set with a cushion-shaped sapphire weighing 37.29 carats, framed with old-mine- and old European-cut diamonds, mounted in silver and yellow gold.

Provenance: Given as a gift from Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor. Auctioned at Christie's in 2011 as a part of The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor: The Legendary Jewels.

Accompanied by AGL report no. CS 44764, dated 31 May 2011, stating that the sapphire is of Burmese origin, with no gemmological evidence of heat and no clarity enhancement, AGL also stating that the origin of this material would be classified as Classic™ Burma; further accompanied by AGL letter stating 'The present 37.29ct sapphire possesses a richly saturated blue color that distinguishes an exceptional gem. Traditionally, sapphires of this hue have been described as having a "royal blue" color. The superb color of this sapphire is further complemented by a fine cut resulting in numerous bright, internal color reflections and brilliance. This sapphire also possesses a high clarity, providing a superior degree of transparency...This stunning jewel was given to Elizabeth Taylor by her then husband Richard Burton. Elizabeth Taylor has been described as the last great icon of Hollywood's Golden Era and her marriages to Richard Burton have become legendary. Their passion for refined jewels of exceptional quality is clearly demonstrated in this late 19th century sapphire and diamond brooch.' 

Also accompanied by a gemmological report. 

Sotheby'sMagnificent Jewels and Jadeite, Hong Kong, 07 Oct 2019