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18 Karat Gold and Mystery-Set Sapphire Cigarette Case, Van Cleef & Arpels, France, Circa 1950 (Est. $8,000-12,000)
18 Karat Gold, Diamond and Enamel “Night and Day” Dress Set, Verdura, comprising a pair of cufflinks and four studs (Est. $2,000-3,000)

Platinum, Agate, Sapphire and Diamond Cigarette Case, Cartier, New York, Circa 1920 (Est. $5,000-7,000)
Platinum, Cabochon Sapphire and Diamond Dess Set, Cartier, Paris, Circa 1920, comprising a pair of cufflinks, four buttons and two studes, in a signed and fitted box. (Est. $10,000-15,000)

18 Karat Gold, Sapphire and Emerald Dress Set, Harry Winston, comprising a pair of cufflinks and three studs (Est. $20,000-30,000)
18 Karat Gold and Sapphire Cigarette Case, Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, Circa 1935 (Est. $20,000-30,000)

Cartier/European Watch And Clock, Co., Inc.: An 18k Yellow Gold, Onyx And Enamel Square Open-Faced Watch
Circa 1920

A bid for style (exist) - 0

Sara Johnson | December 1, 2011 | Lifestyle Style & Beauty Story Style Fashion Shopping

The late John Traina was often in the spotlight because of his marriages—to Danielle Steel and Dede Wilsey—but he caught people’s eye in his own right, too, for his devotion to great style. His look was impeccable, and pure dandy: beautifully tailored suits and tuxes with a dash of whimsy added by collection-worthy FabergĂ© cigarette cases and dress sets (cufflinks, studs, and buttons) from the likes of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Harry Winston, Jean Schlumberger, David Webb, Bulgari, Verdura, Taffin. This month, Sotheby’s New York is auctioning off some of his finest baubles at “Elegant John Traina: A Portrait in Style,” held at its Manhattan gallery (equipped with phone banks and online bidding). Highlights include an 18-karat gold cigarette case by Van Cleef & Arpels and a Verdura diamond and enamel dress set (both pictured). “I would have to live to 150 to wear everything,” sys Traina’s son, Trevor. And he means just the part of the collection that isn’t for sale.

Dec. 7, Sotheby’s, 1334 York Ave., New York, 212-606-7000,


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