15 October 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 92,500
Estimate USD 30,000 - USD 50,000
A RARE ENAMEL AND DIAMOND ORCHID BROOCH, BY TIFFANY & CO.
Of the Brassia variety, the pair of "Spider Orchids" extending undulating white and pink enamel petals with gold detail, and five pink and green enamel petals with deep red and white enamel mottling, the center of each set with a circular-cut diamond pistil, to the green and orange enamel stem with green enamel leaves, mounted in 18k gold, in a Tiffany & Co. black suede case
Signed Tiffany & Co.
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