New York, Park Avenue
21 October 1992
AT 6:30 P. M.
DIAMOND, ENAMEL AND GOLD VANITY CASE
The rectangular gold and black enamel case in geometric pattern, one end enhanced by a rectangular diamond watch, the other end with a diamond monogram, one side opening to reveal a mirror, two compartments and a lipstick holder, the other side opening to reveal a cigarette and match compartment, with diamond thumb pieces, attached to a black enamel and gold link chain and a diamond and black onyx finger ring, in a slip case (small diamonds and a black onyx ring missing and enamel slightly chipped) , gross weight (including mirror)--10.31 oz., 4 x 2 x 3/4 in.
Signed by Cartier, France
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