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Christie's Geneva to auction Simon Patino, Helene Rochas jewellery on November 12
A Magnificent Emerald and Diamond Necklace, by Cartier, 1937. Estimate: SFr.6,600,000-9,400,000 / US$ 7,000,000-10,000,000. Photo: Denis Hayoun Diode SA Geneva.
GENEVA (AFP).- Christie's will sell millions of euros worth of jewellery from the collections of "King of Tin" Simon Patino and Paris socialite Helene Rochas in November, the auction house said Tuesday.

The gems will go under the hammer during Christie's traditional autumn jewellery sale on November 12 in Geneva, it said in a statement.

The three pieces from the Patino collection include a Cartier diamond and emerald necklace with an estimated value of between 6.6 and 9.4 million Swiss francs (5.5 to 7.8 million euros, $7.0-10 million).

The Bolivian mining tycoon, who was also dubbed the "Andean Rockefeller", bought the necklace for his wife in 1938.

Also on offer from his collection will be a Chaumet diamond ring with an estimated value of between 1.7 million and 2.1 million euros.

By the end of the 1930s, Patino (1860-1947) controlled 60 percent of world tin production and was among the world's five wealthiest men.

Christie's will also auction off 18 items from the collection of Helene Rochas, the wife of French fashion designer Marcel Rochas.

She died in 2011, and Christie's auctioned off the contents of her sumptuous Parisian apartment in September 2012.

The items in the November sale titled "Le Chic Parisien" will include rare pieces such as a shoulder brooch by Rene Boivin in the form of a tiger valued at between 150,000 and 212,000 euros.

Helene Rochas was a stalwart of the elite "Cafe Society" of socialites who gathered in fashionable cafes and restaurants in New York, Paris and London starting in the late 19th century.

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