1. SOUNDBITE (English) Frank Everett, Senior Vice President and Sales Director for Jewelry at Sotheby's New York
"Selling in Geneva on November 14th. We have the Bourbon-Parma family collection of royal jewels which absolutely is one of the most incredible, important collections of royal jewels and includes seven pieces that belonged to Marie Antoinette herself, the most famous queen of France. So this is really the holy grail of jewelry provenance. I can't imagine it getting any better."
2. Wide of Marie Antoinette's jewels
3. Piece of Marie Antoinette jewelry
4. Woman holding Marie Antoinette "Fine natural pearl and diamond necklace"
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Frank Everett, Senior Vice President and Sales Director for Jewelry at Sotheby's New York
"The star lot is a beautiful little diamond bow brooch with a very big natural pearl suspended from it. The value of the low estimate is one million dollars. So I think a lot of that value is about this rare natural pearl. Natural pearls are one of the most rare objects on earth, not just gemstones, but objects and the value really is about that pearl. However I think the provenance is just going to add to it. Most of the other jewels are quite reasonably estimated and I think the prices will definitely be dictated more about the collectors who, not only love 18th century jewelry, but really love Marie Antoinette. We're going to see Marie Antoinette collectors go for these pieces as well that may not even be normal buyers of jewelry."
6. Various shots of "Queen Marie Antoinette's Pearl" estimated to fetch one to two million dollars at auction
7. Portrait of Marie Antoinette
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Frank Everett, Senior Vice President and Sales Director for Jewelry at Sotheby's New York
"There is no more alluring figure in history in terms of fashion, style and jewels
9. Diamond and woven hair rings
10. Monogrammed ring containing a lock of Marie Antoinette's hair
11. Marie Antoinette pearl necklace:
12. Tight on necklace
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Frank Everett, Senior Vice President and Sales Director for Jewelry at Sotheby's New York
"There are records of her last night of freedom before she went to prison. There are records of her wrapping these jewels and sending them off. I think they went first to Belgium and then ended up in Austria where she was from. Her eldest daughter, who was the only member of her family to survive prison eventually years later when she was released went back to Austria, collected these jewels and they have been in the family ever since."
14. Diamond brooch once belonged to Marie Antoinette
Sotheby's will auction a jewelry collection that once belonged to the French queen, Marie Antoinette.
The sale of "Royal Jewels from the Bourbon-Parma family" is set to take place in Geneva on Nov. 14.
The jewels will be shown in New York during Sotheby's Fine Jewels exhibition on October 17, which will include collections from Barbara Sinatra and Happy Rockefeller.
Sotheby's says Marie Antoinette, who was executed by guillotine during the French Revolution, was often portrayed wearing pearls, which the auction house says were as prized as diamonds in the late 18th century.
Sotheby's says the highlight of the collection, "Queen Marie Antoinette's Pearl" a diamond and pearl brooch, will fetch more than one million dollars.