|Diamond Bow Brooch: Image courtesy Sotheby's|
|Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna wearing the brooch: Image via The Royal Forums|
May I present the diamond and gold bow brooch of circa 1850 from the collection of Russian Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna. For those not in the know, she was the daughter of Grand Duchess Vladimir whose jewelry collection was one of the only Russian aristocratic collections to escape the revolution intact. As the story goes, the brooch was a wedding present to Grand Duchess Elena either from her mother or from the Czar himself when she married into the Greek line becoming Princess Nicholas of Greece. The brooch later passed to Elena's daughter Princess Marina of Greece. Marina was quite a beauty and made a fortuitous match marrying Prince George of Kent thus becoming a prominent member of the British Royal Family. The brooch was an apparent favorite as she wore it to numerous state events and in formal portraits most notably to the Coronation of George VI in 1937 and Queen Elizabeth in 1953.
|Princess Marina wearing the brooch with her sisters Elizabeth and Olga: Image via Tumblr|
|Duke and Duchess of Kent (with brooch) at the coronation of George VI in 1937: Image via Operagloves.com|
|Duchess of Kent wearing the brooch at the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953: Image via Tumblr|
UPDATE: The sale is over and the brooch achieved a staggering $842,500! Unfortunately the press release provides no clues as to who the buyer may be. We must wait for any further disclosures...