Los Angeles—One of the most iconic American jewelry houses—so popular with celebrities that it often epitomizes Hollywood glamour—is hitting another red carpet. On Sept 27, Abell Auction Co. here will seek bids of a $1 million collection of estate jewelry by David Webb and other famed designers, including Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co., at 10 a.m.
The stunning creations of Webb (1925-1975) have been worn for six decades by clients as famous as Elizabeth Taylor, Beyoncé. Jacqueline Kennedy, Estee Lauder, Helen Mirren and Jennifer Lopez, to name a few.
Born in Asheville, NC in 1925, Webb was a self-taught designer whose work became known for dragon bracelets, Maltese cross brooches and animal motifs. In 1964 The Duke of Windsor purchased a bracelet for his wife. Diana Vreeland, the famed editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue was often seen with a David Webb, black and white enamel zebra bangles. After he died in 1975 of pancreatic cancer, estate jewelers Mark Emanuel, Sima Ghadamian and Robert Sadian purchased the business in 2010.
Featured items include:
- Suite of David Webb diamond and turquoise jewelr
- Suite of David Webb diamond and black enamel jewelry
- 5.01 carat pear-shaped diamond (G, VS2) in a David Webb mount
- Nautilus and skeleton watch by Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Co.
- Padparadscha sapphire ring by Tiffany & Co.
An exclusive collection of fine art, antiques, 20th Century design, and decorations from premier Southern California estates also will be sold live and online. www.abell.com