Christie’s launches ‘Art as Jewellery’ sale

The online-only auction features exquisite wearable pieces by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Man Ray

‘Tristan and Isolde’, after Salvador Dalí (estimate: $3,000-5,000)

Christie’s has launched an online-only auction, ‘Art as Jewellery’, presenting wearable pieces by artists including Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Georges Braque, Alexander Calder and Roy Lichtenstein.


‘Modern Head’ by Roy Lichtenstein, 1968 (estimate: $3,000-5,000)

The sale includes gold, silver and coloured-stone jewellery by leading figures in 20th-century and contemporary art, with estimates starting from under US$2,000. Among the selection is Roy Lichtenstein’s Modern Head, a brooch in striking primary colours; Max Ernst’s golden Tête aux Seins medallion, part of his 24-piece ‘mask’ series; several pieces after Georges Braque; and a brooch after Salvador Dalí that shows the faces of Tristan and Isolde.

‘Joan of Arc’ by BillyBoy*, 1986 (estimate: $1,800-2,500)

Also present are some of the creations of BillyBoy*, an artist and fashion designer best known as the muse of Andy Warhol. The genesis of his Joan of Arc jewellery series, from which a gold-leaf and gilt-metal necklace is included in the sale, is recorded in a humorous diary entry from January 1986 that recounts a lunch meeting with Warhol. “Toying with my glass of particularly good ice tea, I said maybe you could make jewellery out of ice,” wrote BillyBoy*, to which Warhol apparently responded, “You should do that, maybe it can be done.” Evidently, it could…

The ‘Art as Jewellery’ sale runs until 16 November here.

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