Salavador Dali Brooch Sells for $982,000

Salavador Dali Brooch Sells for $982,000
Pic courtesy Christie's

A starfish brooch designed by Salvador Dali and featuring cultured pearl of diamonds, rubies, and emeralds sold for $982,000.

It was the highest price ever paid at auction for a piece of jewelry by the Spanish surrealist artist.

The Etoile de Mer belonged to socialite Rebekah Harkness, who is referenced in Taylor Swift’s 2020 song The Last Great American Dynasty.

Swift paid $17m for the Rhode Island mansion in New England, USA, where Harkness (1915-1982) infuriated neighbors with her loud parties.

She founded her own ballet company and had Dali paint backdrops for her.

He designed the Étoile de Mer for her in 1949 and had it made by Carlos Alemany, the surrealist jeweler with whom he worked.

The brooch, complete with two attachable butterfly enhancements, made with diamonds, sapphires and emeralds, sold last week at Christie’s New York below its $1m to $1.5m estimate.

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