AUCTION: Friday 30 November 2018 at 2 pm

70 years ago, the first auction in the history of Bruun Rasmussen was held. Over the years, there were numerous sales of some of the most spectacular objets d’art from both Danish and international collections. This December the auction house marks the 70 years with a large anniversary auction turning the attention to Russia’s cultural heritage.

”The Russian Sapphire Tiara” is a historic piece of jewellery and an example of the strong con- nections between the Danish Royal House and the Russian Imperial House. In the spring of 1898, Princess Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin married the Danish Prince Christian in Cannes. In 1912, they were proclaimed Queen Alexandrine and King Christian X of Denmark. One of their many wedding presents was “The Russian Sapphire Tiara”, which Queen Alexandrine was given by Tsar Nikolai II and Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia. In 1933, the Danish royal couple gave the piece of jewellery to their daughter-in-law Hereditary Princess Caroline-Mathilde at her wedding to their youngest son Hereditary Prince Knud in the Fredensborg Palace chapel. After the Hereditary Princess’ death in 1995, the tiara was given to Count Christian of Rosenborg and his family, who have now chosen to sell it at auction (cat. no. 990. Estimate: DKK 1.5-2 million).

It is only one of many outstanding pieces included in the auction. The preview will be held in Copenhagen and London.


21 November 5 – 8 pm

22 November 11 am – 6 pm

23 November 11 am – 3 pm

30 November 10 am – 1 pm

or by appointment


Selected items will be on preview at Shapero Modern, 32 St George Street, London W1S 2EA

24 November 2 – 6 pm

25 November 11 am – 5 pm

26 November  9 am – 6 pm