Auction of the week
The collection of Count Alexander von Beregshasy Saturday Antiques Auction, Rosebery’s, West Norwood, London, 7th May
26th April 2011 - 10:05
The estate of one of the most flamboyant characters on London's fashion scene is going to auction this weekend. Jeweller Count Alexander von Beregshasy, or the 'count of many crystals' as he was known, amassed a huge collection of costume jewellery, film memorabilia and vintage designer clothes.
Among the glittering collection are more than 100 handmade crowns, coronets and tiaras – including replicas of Queen Alexandra Kokoshnik's tiara, pictured, and Queen Victoria’s crown.
But the jewel in this sparkling catalogue is a replica of the ‘Heart of the Ocean’ necklace, right, made by Count von Beregshasy for the 1997 film Titanic. This blue stone, set with cubic zirconia on white metal, would add a touch of Hollywood glamour to any outfit.