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CARINTHIA VII Yacht – Epic $180M Superyacht

The 97m yacht has a value of $180 million with an exterior design by Tim Heywood.

Tim Heywood and Ellehorst Kreuter designed the interior.

Lurssen, the prestigious luxury yacht builder, delivered the completed CARINTHIA VII in 2002 from their Bremen-based shipyard in Germany.

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CARINTHIA VII yacht interior

The interior of the CARINTHIA VII yacht was designed by  Tim Heywood Design  and Ellehorst Kreuter in 2002. She has accommodation for 14 guests in 8 suites comprising one VIP cabin, and two twin/double cabins.

She is capable of carrying 37 crew members for a luxury guest experience. Not much is known about the interior of the CARINTHIA VII, except for her accommodations and that she has a beach club, amongst other luxury amenities.

She has features like an on-deck jacuzzi for guests to relax. The details of the yacht’s interior are very private.

Still, the interior is shown to be elegant and luxurious, with the exterior deck featuring plenty of spaces for sunbathing and al fresco dining. 

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Tim Heywood was the designer behind the exterior of CARINTHIA VII, featuring underwater lights and a magnificent blue steel hull called “Carinthia Blue.”

It also featured a white aluminum superstructure. She was built by luxury yacht builders  Lurssen  in Germany at their Bremen shipyard.

The exterior exudes a powerful presence in the water and was delivered in 2002. She was refitted three years later in 2005.

She has a teak deck. Her exterior shows her cutting through the water with a sleek hull and superstructure.

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Specifications

The 97m CARINTHIA VII has a beam of 18.8m and a draft of 4.8m. She is powered by her 4 MTU diesel engines, which gives her a maximum speed of 26 knots.

At her cruising speed of 22 knots, she has a range of 5000 nautical miles.

She has a volume of 3643 gross tons. The $180 million superyacht has an annual running cost of $10 – $15 million. She was the 12th largest superyacht in the world.

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10 cool facts about 97m Lürssen superyacht Carinthia VII

When Tim Heywood's preliminary sketches of 114.5-metre Pelorus  were shown to a prospective Lürssen client, the client was taken with the yacht's bold profile and distinctive lines. In 2002, those sketches sprang to life as 97.2 metre Carinthia VII . BOAT rediscovers 10 of the coolest facts about one of his most legendary creations ahead of her debut at this year's Monaco Yacht Show. 

1. She was built for a serial yacht owner

Carinthia VII follows is the last in a long line of yachts named Carinthia, commissioned for department store magnate Helmut Horten and his wife Heidi. The first four yachts in the series were smaller, but the fifth was a 67.85 metre, also built by Lürssen , which was tragically lost at sea during her maiden voyage from Greece. The sixth Carinthia VI had better fortunes — the 70.7 metre was delivered in 1973 and used by Horten until his death, following which she was sold and renamed The One . Carinthia VII is the only yacht in the Carinthia line to be commissioned by Heidi alone.

2. The hull colour inspired the name "Carinthia Blue"

The unique blue hull colour was later marketed as "Carinthia Blue" by manufacturers Awlgrip. The paint colour was a key component of Hewyood's exterior vision, helping to create a powerful silhouette that has the appearance of being unbroken by the black windows.

3. Her interiors are by Ellerhorst and Kreuter

The yacht's interior styling has been seldom seen until now. Austrian studio Ellerhorst and Kreuter helmed the design, and has used a mix of different palettes and themes across her spaces. For example, the dining area is tropical and almost flamboyant, whereas the main saloon is pared-back, with coffee-and-cream tones offset by mint green. The design team had a volume of 3,643 gross tonnes spread over six decks, plus a beam of 16.6 metres to work with. Accommodation is for 14 guests in eight cabins.

4. She marked the fourth-largest yacht sale of 2022

Carinthia VII was sold in September 2022, with the sale announced just days before she was due to make her appearance at the Monaco Yacht Show. Antoine Larricq and Stuart Larsen at Fraser represented the seller, with Ralph de Joode from RYacht Monaco introducing the buyer. She was listed for sale in April and had a last known asking price of €95,000,000. Now under new ownership the yacht has been spotted at Blohm + Voss for refit works.

5. She was the largest yacht designed by Tim Heywood at the time of her delivery

Tim Heywood 's initial designs for Carinthia VII were unique; the yacht had a soaring forebody and a sheerline that sweeps downwards towards the stern. However, those characteristics were initially designed for Pelorus. It was only because Carinthia VII was several metres shorter that she was built first, with Pelorus hitting the water the next year with a few key changes. 

6. She has an enormous onboard spa

The yacht's spa zone has been conceived as a fully-equipped wellness area on the water, with an unfolding sea terrace that allows direct access from the water from the gym area. As well as a spacious sauna, the yacht also has a steam-style shower room and a mosaic-clad plunge pool.

7. Her windows are bulletproof

One of the security features of this yacht is her bulletproof windows. As well as being practical, the windows also let in plenty of light and contribute to an airy feeling throughout the yacht.

8. Her helipad can accommodate a 5-tonne helicopter

The yacht has a number of high-calibre amenities including a touch-and-go helipad on the bow. Other highlights include a sundeck Jacuzzi and numerous dedicated spaces to lounge across her decks.

9. She was Lürssen's second-largest yacht at the time of her delivery

German yacht giant Lürssen now has 25 yachts over 100 metres in its fleet, but at the time of Carinthia VII 's delivery, she was its second-largest build, surpassed only by 139.3m Al Salamah , built in 1999.

10. She is the 66th largest yacht in the world in terms of length

In terms of LOA, Carinthia VII ranks somewhere around 66th place (depending on whether you factor in superyacht vessels). At the time of her delivery, she was around the 20th largest.

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Heidi Göess-Horten, Austrian Billionaire with World-Class Art Collection, Dies at 81

By Alex Greenberger

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Senior Editor, ARTnews

Portrait of a woman with a dog. They sit before a painting of a man whose face is blurred.

Heidi Göess-Horten, an Austrian department store heiress who just earlier this month opened a long-awaited private museum in Vienna, has died at 81. A representative for that museum, the Heidi Horten Collection, said that Göess-Horten died on Sunday in her home in Lake Wörthersee.

“A generous, warm-hearted and wise woman has passed away today,” the museum wrote in a statement. “She will be remembered for her manifold commitment, above all to the arts and to sports, especially as president of the KAC,” an Austrian hockey team.

Göess-Horten was not just one of the top collectors in Austria but in the world writ large. With 700 works in her holdings, she has ranked on the ARTnews Top 200 Collectors list each year since 2018. But it was not until recently that most were aware of the depth of her collection at all.

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In 2018, a showing of her holdings went on view at the Leopold Museum in Vienna, featuring key paintings by Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Franz Marc, and more that had been amassed over the years. It was the first time the public had seen her collection, which had long been secreted away in her home. The Swiss publication Widewalls called the exhibition “breathtaking.”

“The kind of art, I am surrounded by and which I live with, has become available art history,” Göess-Horten wrote in the exhibition catalogue for the show. “Hence, my wish of sharing this experience with other people has grown steadily.”

At the beginning of this month, Göess-Horten opened the Heidi Horten Collection in Vienna. While the spare opening hang features some of the blue-chip artists that Göess-Horten has been collecting over the years, it is generally richer in Austrian artists, many of whom work in a conceptual mode. Among them are Philipp Timischl, Constantin Luser, Erwin Wurm, Markus Schinwald, and Brigitte Kowanz.

The Heidi Horten Collection said that, to commemorate its namesake’s passing, it would offer free admission for the next week starting on Monday.

Heidi Göess-Horten was born under the name Heidi Jelinek in 1941 in Vienna. In 1966, she married Helmut Horten, the magnate behind the German department store chain Horten AG. When he died in 1987, Göess-Horten inherited his fortune. She later married Jean-March Charmat in 1994, and she remarried one more time after that, to Karl Anton, the count of Göess, in 2013.

With Helmut Horten, Göess-Horten had begun collecting. Some years after his death, she began doing so more seriously. In 1996, her buying habits became public when she bought $22 million in art at a single Sotheby’s auction in London. Agnes Husslein-Arco, the Sotheby’s Vienna specialist who helped her purchase those works by phone, now directs the Heidi Horten Collection.

Göess-Horten was reportedly one of the the richest people in the world at the time of her death, with Forbes reporting her net worth to be $2.9 billion this year.

In addition to her art collection, Göess-Horten was reported to own one of the world’s largest motor yachts, the Carinthia VII , according to  Boat International . The yacht was put up for sale this year with a $126 million price tag.

She did not only use her money to buy art and yachts, however. Austrian outlets have reported that Horten gave the ice hockey team KAC 3 million euros annually. The Stadthalle, the arena where KAC plays in Klagenfurt, Austria, is expected to bear her name when its renovation is complete.

Meanwhile, Göess-Horten was recently the subject of some controversy in Austria when Der Standard revealed that she had donated nearly €1 million to the conservative-leaning Austrian People’s Party between 2018 and 2019. (In Austria, significant donations from private entities to political parties are relatively uncommon, and must be publicly disclosed if they exceed a certain amount.) Those donations were made in small amounts so as to avoid having to report them. Her lawyer said the donations were legally compliant.

According to the data that Der Standard reported, Göess-Horten was by far the biggest donor to the party during that time period. After initially not responding to requests for comment, Göess-Horten told the German publication Süddeutsche Zeitung that her donations were “well-intentioned” but that she would no longer donate to any political party. She was never legally prosecuted for the donations, despite some politicians’ demands for her to be.

Up until the end, Göess-Horten continued buying art, and she viewed her collection as the core part of her legacy.

“I knew after the first public presentation of my collection that I wanted to preserve the works for posterity and share a treasure with people that has been with me in my private life for many years and given me such happiness,” she told ARTnews in an email last week.

“That’s why I see my museum as a place of discovery, of sensuous experience, of the joy of art—because that’s what art has been and still is for me: a vital source of joy!”

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The most eye-catching changes are a 36-foot glass-paneled swimming pool on the main deck aft and a 968-square-foot air-conditioned gym on the bridge deck. That space used six tons of folding glass doors to create a winter garden. It’s complemented by a large cinema screen.

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Perhaps the most significant change, though, is the yacht’s conversion from private to commercial use to allow Carinthia VII to enter the charter market. “The deal was made for the boat to come to our facility on a handshake, and then we only had a couple of days to prepare between the handshake and Carinthia VII sailing up to Hamburg,” Thomas Krischkowski, head of refit and repair at Lürssen, told Robb Report .

The list of technical upgrades completed by Lürssen includes a new waterpower treatment, a full sprinkler system, 18.6 miles of cable for a new AV/IT system, new exhaust filters and fully overhauled engines and zero speed stabilizers. The yacht also had to meet new SOLAS stability requirements to be a charter vessel.

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In 2002, when the Austrian billionaire Heidi Horten commissioned Project Faberge, as Carinthia VII was originally known, expectations ran high. The yacht paid homage to the fleet of Carinthia s owned and built by her late husband Helmut Horten, three of which were designed by Jon Bannenberg.

As one of only a handful of women to commission one of the largest yachts in the world, Horten called upon one of Bannenberg’s protégés, a young Tim Heywood, to pen the design.

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Horten had become an overnight sensation in the art world six years before commissioning the superyacht, after she spent $22 million in a single Sotheby’s auction. Renowned for her keen eye, she ensured Carinthia VII reflected a similar level of artisanal craftsmanship.

The original curved laminated teak planking, forward of the owner’s deck and bridge deck, is described by Fraser broker Antoine X. Larricq, who managed the sale, as “haute-couture detailing.”

Other original features include the thick exterior teak decks and cross-hatched parquet floors, which remain in fantastic condition, largely because Horten only used the yacht for her annual summer cruise.

The new owner, also a keen art collector, had two strict requests for the refit: to seamlessly marry the old with the new, and for the shipyard to complete the work within 300 days, so he could enjoy the winter cruising season. He enlisted Italian studio Bizzozero Cassina Architects to oversee the design.

The studio only had two yacht projects before this. But it had completed residential projects for the owner that brought a similar look to Carinthia VII’s 8,800-square-foot interior, including redoing all eight guest cabins.

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The walls are covered in fabrics by Venetian artisans, and the central staircase is decorated with handmade, laser-cut tiles in an ombré-patterned blue that transitions from deep-ocean blue on the lower deck to pale-sky blue on the bridge deck. On each floor, the artwork in the lobby matches the color of the staircase, and classic gold elements have been replaced with a more contemporary silver.

A full exterior paint job updated the hull to Majestic Blue, with the superstructure in Matterhorn White and the external deck walls painted in Shark Grey. Following a few minor tweaks at the shipyard, Carinthia VII will soon cross the Atlantic to make its charter debut in the Caribbean.

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Wer hat die luxusjacht von heidi goëss-horten gekauft.

Ursprünglich kostete die Luxusjacht "Carinthia VII" der im Juni verstorbenen Kärntner Milliardärin Heidi Goëss-Horten 160 Millionen Euro. Ende Juli war das Fünf-Sterne-Schiff für "gerade einmal" 95 Millionen Euro zu haben.

Seit einem Jahr war Port Vauban im südfranzösischen Antibes am Quai de la Grande Plaisance der Heimathafen des Schiffs, wo es auf einen Käufer wartete. Nun hat sich ein neuer Eigentümer gefunden. Über ihn ist nichts bekannt, der Kauf wurde über eine Firma in Monaco abgewickelt. Der Preis soll letztendlich bei 95 Millionen Euro geblieben sein, "billiger" wurde es nicht mehr.

Inzwischen ankert das knapp 100 Meter lange Schiff in Hamburg. Von Südfrankreich trat es Ende September seine Reise in den Norden an, der letzte Hafen war Rotterdam in den Niederlanden, in Gibraltar lag die Jacht am 27. September. Inzwischen "segelt" das Schiff unter der Flagge der Cayman Islands, zuvor war es Malta.

Sechs Decks

Der Käufer bekommt einiges geboten: sechs Decks, eine Länge von fast 100 Metern und eine Breite von 16 Metern, Platz für 14 Gäste und 37 Crew-Mitglieder, ein Wellnessbereich, ein Bentley in der Deck-Garage.

Heidi Goëss-Horten war das Schmuckstück zu einer Last geworden, wie sie schon 2020 in einem Interview mit der Kleinen Zeitung andeutete: "Die Reisen mit meiner 'Carinthia' werden anstrengend. In drei Monaten werde ich 80 Jahre, da will man nicht ständig eine Gruppe von Leuten um sich haben und sich laufend umziehen müssen."

Damals lag der Preis noch bei 160 Millionen Euro, im Juni fiel er bereits auf 120 Millionen Euro . Dann sank er nach und nach auf 95 Millionen Euro – fast ein Schnäppchen. Zu Bedenken gab es allerdings, dass sich die Betriebskosten Medienberichten zufolge auf rund 27.400 Euro belaufen – pro Tag, versteht sich.

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“I am proud, with my collection and the construction of the museum, to have created something lasting, which future generations will also be able to experience when they visit my museum and take joy in the art that has given me such joy for so long.”

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The Collection

»The true collector cannot be identified through the things he owns, but through those he would delight in having.«

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Heidi Goëss-Horten (born 1941 in Vienna) has, with great sensitivity and passion, built an art collection of international stature. Over the last few decades she has amassed an impressive selection of several hundred paintings, sculptures and graphic works that offers a profound overview of the development of art in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The collection thus brings together a who’s who of art history covering the period from around 1900, through to classic modernism and contemporary art.

The collector grew up in a family environment in which art was a natural part of life. Her father was a technical draughtsman and engraver and made portraits of his daughter that are now part of the Heidi Horten Collection.  

Helmut Horten und Heidi Goëss-Horten

She shared this avid interest in art with her first husband Helmut Horten. During the 1970s, they laid the foundations of their extensive art collection together, embarking on numerous travels and studio visits, in order to experience art in situ and gain an insight into its creation.

Even in those early days they acquired high-calibre works for their private collection: important pieces from German Expressionism, such as Emil Nolde’s painting Red Evening Sun and works by Erich Heckel, in addition to examples of international modernism, including key works by Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso.

From today’s perspective, Heidi Goëss-Horten’s decision to intensify her collecting in the mid-1990s was most favourable timing. The art market had collapsed in 1990 and was only slowly recovering (The Wall Street Journal, 1996).

Not submitting to shifting fashions has been consistently important to the collector. Heidi Goëss-Horten has always lived with the works and surrounded herself with them at her home. A collector out of passion, her personal relationship and individual engagement with the works of art is key.

Although aiming for discretion and anonymity, on several occasions Heidi Goëss-Horten attracted the attention of the international media, particularly in the early stages of her more intensive collecting.

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One instance was when she acquired some thirty masterpieces of modern and contemporary art for many millions  at a single auction in London, thus, overnight, endowing her collection with art-historical significance and a high profile. 

This altered the scope of the collection, for it now included names that had previously been unrepresented, such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Joan Miró, Max Pechstein, Carl Hofer, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, René Magritte, Fernand Léger, Niki de Saint Phalle, Egon Schiele, Lucio Fontana, Jean Dubuffet, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Yves Klein and Georg Baselitz; artists whose works are undoubtedly highlights of the collection today.

In the years that followed, Heidi Goëss-Horten’s purchase of important works by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein established a focus on Pop art. The larger the collection became, the more the collector’s love for her art stood out – she engaged intensively with the backgrounds of individual works.

As her collection grew, Goëss-Horten started dedicating more attention to contemporary artists. Groundbreaking works by Damien Hirst, Niki de Saint Phalle, Sigmar Polke or Gerhard Richter were early additions. Moreover, the Heidi Horten Collection now comprises not only paintings and works of graphic art, but also a striking sculpture park that has grown impressively over the years and will be showcased at the newly opened museum.

The Heidi Horten Collection Today

Skulpturenpark Heidi Goess-Horten

Today, with its main concentrations on the art of “Vienna 1900”, German and international Expressionism, Arte Povera, European postwar art and Pop art, the Heidi Horten Collection is a panoply of images with the scope of a museum. 

What began as a passion, now represents a foray into the art history of the last one hundred years. Surveying the collection, one can appreciate how particular areas of interest formed, how artists have influenced one another, and the revolutionary spirit inherent in the oeuvre of every single artist.

By founding a museum, Heidi Goëss-Horten is taking a step towards a cultural future for the collection that will influence the canon of public art history. She also joins the time-honoured ranks of collectors who, through their vision, have created places for public engagement with art. True to the character of a private collection, these are very personal spaces whose purpose is to foster fresh approaches to art for all interested visitors. 

On Helmut Horten’s asset accumulation

The academic evaluation of Helmut Horten’s entrepreneurial activity during the Second World War was an objective of the collector and of the Helmut Horten Foundation. Heidi Goëss-Horten thus commissioned historian Prof. Dr. Peter Hoeres (University of Würzburg) to write a scientific report on Helmut Horten’s build-up of assets and business in the context of “Aryanization” during the “Third Reich.” The academic research carried out by Prof. Dr. Hoeres took place based on scientific priorities. The results show a differentiated picture of the businessman Helmut Horten and correct some rumors. The expert report was published on the website of the Chair of Modern History at the History Department of the Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg and is available here (German Version).

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Jewelry from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

Earlier this month, the jewelry world was transfixed by the sale of the collection of Heidi Horten, the Austrian billionaire art collector who amassed an incredible bounty of jewels during her lifetime. Today, thanks to generous reader Thomas, we’ve got a peek inside one of the sale previews held by Christie’s before the auctions.

Photograph of a young Heidi Horten displayed by Christie's in Vienna, 2023 (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

Born in Vienna in 1941, Heidi Jelinek was working at a law firm when she met Helmut Horten, the German owner of a large chain of department stores, while on a lakeside holiday in Krumpendorf in 1958. She was 17; he was 49. Eight years later, in 1966, they were married. The couple lived a life of immense wealth in Switzerland, sailing on yachts, hunting, donating money to favored causes, and collecting art and jewels. (The brooch she’s wearing in this photograph was purchased from Cartier in 1968 .)

Helmut Horten died in 1987, leaving Heidi with a fortune of more than a billion dollars. She married twice more and continued collecting. At various points, she owned both the Wittelsbach Diamond and Marie Antoinette’s Pearl Pendant . (The diamond was later sold, while the pearl pendant remains part of the collection on display at Horten’s museum, the Heidi Horten Collection in Vienna.) Horten passed away in June 2022, and Christie’s was tasked with handling the sale of hundreds of pieces from her dazzling jewelry collection.

Photograph of Heidi Horten displayed by Christie's in Vienna, 2023 (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

The sale was not without controversy . Much of Helmut Horten’s wealth was built in the 1930s, two decades before he met Heidi, by acquiring assets sold by or taken from Jewish department store owners who were desperate to flee Germany. There were calls to stop the Christie’s sale entirely. Max Fawcett, the head of Christie’s jewelry department, stated, “We took on this collection in the understanding that 100% of the final sale proceeds will go to philanthropic causes. We cannot erase history—but hopefully the money from this sale will go to do good in the future.” The proceeds were earmarked to benefit children’s charities and medical research (but also to support Horten’s Vienna museum). Christie’s decided to donate “a significant contribution” from their cut of the sale to programs dedicated to Holocaust research and education.

Ahead of the auctions of the Horten jewels, which were held in Geneva, selected pieces from the sales went on display at Christie’s showrooms in Asia, North America, and Europe. One of our lovely readers, Thomas, viewed the collection at the showroom in Vienna, and he has kindly shared some of his photographs of the jewels with all of us.

Pieces of jewelry by Köchert from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

Let’s start things off with a display of jewels acquired from Köchert, the Austrian firm that once served as court jeweler to the Habsburgs.

A pair of Köchert earrings set with sapphires, diamonds, and cultured pearls, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

These earrings, purchased from the jewelry firm in 2018, are set with Burmese sapphires, diamonds, and cultured pearls. They sold for 327,600 Swiss francs , or around $360,000 USD.

A Köchert bracelet with four rows of cultured pearls and diamond and white gold clasps, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

This lovely bracelet, also from Köchert, features four rows of cultured pearls and white gold clasps set with pear-shaped and round diamonds.

The necklace from a demi-parure of Köchert jewels, made of diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and rubies set in yellow gold, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

The display also includes a demi-parure of jewels from Köchert. The yellow gold jewels are set with diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. This is the necklace from the set.

The earrings from a demi-parure of Köchert jewels, made of diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and rubies set in yellow gold, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

And here are the coordinating fringe earrings from the suite.

A pair of modern Köchert chandelier earrings, made of rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and diamonds set in white gold, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

The display also included one more pair of earrings from Köchert. These white gold chandelier earrings, set with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds, were purchased in 2017. They sold for 252,000 Swiss francs , or approximately $278,000 USD.

Emerald, gold, and yellow diamond jewels from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

Here’s a look at a display featuring sumptuous jewels set with emeralds and white and yellow diamonds.

A Bulgari necklace of cabochon emeralds and white diamonds set in yellow gold, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

This necklace, acquired from Bulgari in 2000, features emerald beads, both smooth and carved cabochons, as well as white diamonds set in yellow gold. It sold for a whopping 693,000 Swiss francs , or around $765,000 USD.

A pair of Bulgari tassel earrings with cabochon emeralds and white diamonds set in yellow gold, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

A coordinating pair of gold, diamond, and emerald tassel earrings, purchased from Bulgari in the same year, was also auctioned. The earrings sold for 81,900 Swiss francs , or around $90,000 USD (presumably to Queen Máxima of the Netherlands ).

A Van Cleef & Arpels bangle made of yellow gold set with yellow diamonds, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

The sheer number of sparkling yellow diamonds set in this yellow gold Van Cleef & Arpels bangle bracelet made snapping a clear photograph difficult. The bracelet, acquired in 1990, sold for slightly under its auction estimate , fetching 88,200 Swiss francs, or approximately $97,000 USD.

A ring made of yellow and white diamonds, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

The display also featured a truly unusual ring. The ring, which has Italian maker’s marks , features a 3-carat pear-shaped yellow diamond set within a rectangular portrait-cut diamond. More yellow diamonds are set in the band of the ring as well.

A ring made of yellow and white diamonds, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

Here’s another angle that shows the unusual setting of the ring. The piece sold for 126,000 Swiss francs , or about $139,000 USD.

A three-row necklace of natural pearls with a diamond clasp, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

Next is a case with three necklaces and a pair of earrings. First is an absolute classic: a three-row necklace of graduated natural pearls with a clasp set with two old-cut diamonds. (Looks quite a lot like some royal necklaces we’ve discussed recently , doesn’t it?) It was purchased from Köchert in 2021 and later shortened. The piece sold at auction for 151,200 Swiss francs , or around $167,000 USD.

A pair of Köchert diamond and pearl earrings, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

These interesting pearl and diamond earrings were also acquired from Köchert in 2021. The large pear-shaped diamond drops weigh in at a little more than 5 carats each. The earrings sold for 428,400 Swiss francs , or approximately $473,000 USD.

A yellow gold Bulgari necklace with a heart-shaped diamond pendant, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

Nearby was this yellow gold Bulgari necklace with a 6.01-carat heart-shaped diamond pendant. It sold for 226,800 Swiss francs , or about $250,000 USD. (Heidi Horton really liked this particular style. She also had a similar necklace with a station-style chain and a diamond heart , a Bulgari necklace with a heart-shaped emerald , a necklace with a heart-shaped sapphire and pink diamond accents , and a necklace with a pink diamond heart pendant , too.)

A Bulgari necklace of diamonds and tumbled cabochon sapphires in various colors, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

And then there was this spectacular Bulgari necklace, acquired in 2004, which is set with diamonds and features pendants of tumbled blue, pink, and yellow sapphires. It sold for 176,400 Swiss francs , or about $195,000 USD.

Pieces of jewelry by Bulgari from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

This case features even more jewelry from Bulgari, all set with diamonds and emeralds.

A Bulgari necklace set with diamonds and heart-shaped emeralds in yellow gold, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

This three-stranded yellow gold necklace of diamonds and heart-shaped emeralds was purchased from Bulgari in 1993. It sold for 138,600 Swiss francs , or around $153,000 USD.

A pair of Bulgari earrings set with diamonds and heart-shaped emeralds in yellow gold, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

The necklace has a matching pair of earrings featuring more diamonds and emeralds, including additional heart-shaped stones. They fetched 69,300 Swiss francs , or approximately $76,400 USD.

A Bulgari bangle set with emeralds and yellow diamonds, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

The display also included a pair of Bulgari bangles, purchased in 1999. One of them, pictured above, is set with emeralds and yellow diamonds. It sold for 75,600 Swiss francs , or around $83,400 USD.

A Bulgari bangle set with emeralds and diamonds, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

The other is set with emeralds and white diamonds. It sold for 88,200 Swiss francs , or about $97,300 USD.

Colorful jewels from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

Horten’s collection included lots of pieces of colorful jewels, including these two suites of jewels set with diamonds and semi-precious stones.

A pair of Marina B. multi-gem bangles, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

These are the “Gina” bangle bracelets from Marina B., a jewelry firm founded by Marina Bulgari in the 1970s. The bracelets, which were acquired in 1987, are set with diamonds, amethysts, citrines, blue topazes, and pink and green tourmalines in yellow gold. They sold for 138,600 Swiss francs, or around $153,000 USD.

A pair of Marina B. multi-gem earrings, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

These modern girandole earrings, the “Shrine” style from Marina B., are set with diamonds, aquamarines, amethysts, citrines, blue topazes, and pink and green tourmalines. They were purchased in 1986. At auction, they brought 107,100 Swiss francs , or about $118,000.

A demi-parure of Tamara Comolli jewels set with diamonds and acorn-shaped paraiba tourmalines, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

This suite of jewels, made by Tamara Comolli, is part of the brand’s Mikado Flamenco collection. The set includes a necklace, a pair of earrings, and a bracelet, all made of white gold and set with diamonds and tourmalines. The demi-parure was purchased in 2014-15, and it sold at auction as a set for 138,600 Swiss francs , or about $153,000 USD. (Horten loved this particular collection, too. She also owned similar suites set with tanzanites, amethysts, topazes, and peridots ; with cacholongs, turquoises, and carnelians ; with diamonds and moonstones ; with amethysts, green and orange garnets, peridots, blue topazes, carnelians, yellow beryls, green and pink tourmalines, sapphires, and diamonds ; with gold and turquoise ; with aquamarines and diamonds ; and with prehnites, chalcedony, and blue and pink sapphires .)

Pieces of diamond and emerald jewelry from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

Here are more diamonds and emeralds, including several more pieces from Bulgari.

A Bulgari diamond and emerald necklace, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

Christie’s dubbed this Bulgari necklace, which is set with pear-shaped diamonds and emeralds, “impressive.” Rightfully so—the largest diamond in the necklace alone is more than 12 carats. Acquired in 2002, the necklace exceeded its estimate, selling for 882,000 Swiss francs , or about $973,000 USD.

A Bulgari diamond and emerald bracelet and earrings, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

The matching Bulgari diamond and emerald bracelet sold for 195,300 Swiss francs , or about $216,000, and the coordinating Bulgari diamond and emerald earrings brought a whopping 214,200 Swiss francs , or around $236,000 USD.

A diamond ring with a 30.52-carat center stone, from the Heidi Horten collection sold at Christie's (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

And, of course, no great jewelry collection is complete without a massive (Christie’s says “magnificent”) diamond ring. This one features a 30.52-carat emerald cut diamond flanked by additional baguettes, all set in platinum. The ring was previously sold (presumably to Horten) at Christie’s in 2009 for 3,459,000 Swiss francs (about $3.8 million USD). This time around, it sold for slightly under the estimate, selling for 1,981,000 Swiss francs , or approximately $2.19 million USD.

Pieces of jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

This display features a suite of gold and diamond jewelry that was acquired in 1984 from Van Cleef & Arpels. The jewels were accompanied in the auction by original drawings from the jewelry house.

A Van Cleef & Arpels necklace of yellow gold and diamonds, from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

The set is part of the firm’s “Barquerolles” line. Here’s a view of the front of the necklace.

A Van Cleef & Arpels necklace of yellow gold and diamonds, from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

And here’s a view of the back of the necklace and the clasp. Christie’s notes that the necklace was extended in 2002. It sold at auction for 138,600 Swiss francs , or around $153,000 USD.

Van Cleef & Arpels earrings of yellow gold and diamonds, from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

The coordinating gold and diamond fringe earrings exceeded their estimate, selling for 78,120 Swiss francs , or approximately $86,000 USD.

Van Cleef & Arpels bracelets of yellow gold and diamonds, from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

The set also features a pair of matching gold and diamond bracelets, which can also be joined together to make a choker necklace. They sold for 207,900 Swiss francs , or around $229,000 USD.

A Bulgari sapphire, diamond, and emerald bangle and a sapphire and diamond ring, from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

There were some seriously impressive sapphires on display as well. The ring pictured here is set with a luscious cabochon Sri Lankan sapphire that weighs in at 59.86 carats. It’s flanked with diamonds and set in yellow gold. The ring absolutely demolished its estimate, selling for 1,020,600 Swiss francs , or about $1.1 million USD. The bracelet in the background of the photo is a Bulgari piece, made of yellow gold and set with diamonds, emeralds, and a large cabochon sapphire. The sapphire was originally set in a ring that Horten acquired from Van Cleef & Arpels in 1977, and it was set in this new Bulgari bracelet in 1993. The bracelet sold at auction for 277,200 Swiss francs , or around $306,000 USD.

Bulgari sapphire, diamond, and emerald earrings, from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

Bulgari also supplied these coordinating earrings, set with diamonds, emeralds, and cabochon sapphires, to Horten in 1995. They sold for 252,000 Swiss francs , or around $278,000 USD.

Pieces of diamond and emerald jewelry from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

And finally, we’ll wrap up our tour of the sale preview with a look at even more diamond and emerald jewels, including a stunning necklace.

A gold, diamond, and carved emerald necklace by Harry Winston, from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

The gold and diamond Harry Winston necklace, called “The Great Mogul,” features a nineteenth-century carved emerald pendant. The emerald depicts a scene from the Ramayana , an ancient Indian epic poem. (Horten owned other carved gemstones as well, including this one .)

A gold, diamond, and carved emerald necklace by Harry Winston, from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

Horten acquired the necklace from Harry Winston in 1972. It sold at auction for an impressive 882,000 Swiss francs , or around $973,000 USD.

A diamond and emerald bracelet, from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

The Great Mogul necklace was displayed alongside this diamond and emerald bracelet. Christie’s notes that the bracelet has been “adapted” twice, by Harry Winston in 1984 and then by Bulgari in 2000. (It reminds me a bit of Elizabeth Taylor’s Bulgari emeralds .) The bracelet sold for 403,200 Swiss francs , or approximately $445,000 USD.

Diamond and emerald earrings, from the collection of Heidi Horten, recently sold by Christie's in Geneva (Photo © Thomas. Do not reproduce.)

And finally, here are a pair of diamond and emerald earrings that coordinate with the bracelet. They were acquired from Harry Winston in 1971 and adapted by the same firm in 1984, and then adapted again by Bulgari in 2000. They sold at auction for 428,400 Swiss francs , or about $473,000 USD.

And that’s just scratching the surface of the jewels from Horten’s collection that were sold recently at Christie’s. You can view all of the lots from the three recent auctions— Magnificent Jewels I , Magnificent Jewels II , and an online sale —at the Christie’s website. And please join me again in thanking Thomas for sharing his photos from the exhibition!

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