Cover You can own a rare Queen Joséphine necklace for HK$23 million (Photo: Sotheby's)

The 19th century Queen Joséphine necklace was handed down by generations of the Swedish royal family

An exceptional necklace from Queen Joséphine’s royal collection will be headlining Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale on October 12 in Hong Kong. It’s expected to fetch around US$ 3 million or about HK$23 million.

The 19th century Queen Joséphine necklace was handed down by generations of the Swedish royal family. It once belonged to Augusta-Amélie of Bavaria, the daughter-in-law of Empress Joséphine, Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife.

The two women had a close relationship, with the Empress is known to have gifted Augusta-Amélie jewels throughout her reign.

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The necklace was later passed down to Augusta-Amélie's daughter, also named Joséphine, who would later become the Queen of Sweden and Norway. The necklace can be seen in a number of royal portraits.

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The necklace is distinguished by its natural pearls, a symbol of love, beauty and power. They have also always been adored and admired by royalty across times and cultures.

Other items of interest in the sale include the Star of Sierra Leone diamond brooch estimated to cost HK$7.5–11 million. The Magnificent Jewels: Part 1 auction will take place on October 12 at Sotheby’s Gallery in One Pacific Place, Hong Kong.

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