Over 90 pieces of jewelry that once belonged to beauty moguls Estée Lauder and her daughter-in-law, Evelyn Lauder, will be up on the auction block at Sotheby’s starting December 5, and the proceeds, a projected $13 million, will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
WWD reports that the two women owned some pretty incredible pieces. One necklace in particular features a 47.4 carat Harry Winston yellow diamond, which Estée Lauder bought from the Duchess of Windsor and had set into a chain of diamonds for a total of 95 carats. It is estimated that it will go for $1.5 to $2 million. There is also a 6.4 carat pink diamond ring being auctioned from the collection Evelyn Lauder, one of the early champions of breast cancer awareness who is credited with creating the pink ribbon symbol. Because of the rarity of pink diamonds and the intensity of the color, the ring should go for around $5 million. We think it’s fantastic that this auction is supporting BCRF and totally wish we could get in on the action, but we’ll stick with these pieces that support breast cancer awareness that we can actually afford!