PRINT May 1987



THIS APRIL IN GENEVA some unusually iconic jewelry went up at auction in a benefit for the Pasteur Institute in Paris. These were objects representing the devotion of a one-time king of England for his American sweet-heart, in what was no doubt this century’s most iconic romance. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor, a diptypch, were an icon of romance itself, an inflation of its positive and negative sides—the gains of romance and the cost of love. The late Duchess’ jewels visited several cities in true processional fashion before finding their way to the block, and for a few days Manhattan’s York Avenue was the site for this shrine, with people waiting on lines blocks long to view it. The most expensive lots were a ruby-and-diamond necklace and a ring set with an über-diamond. But probably the object most remarked on, most valuable in the sense of most fraught with significance, was a thin

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