This extraordinary piece of jewellery was created by Van Cleef & Arpels in Paris at the end of the 1930s. With a matching tiara, it was bought by Queen Nazli (1894-1978) for the grandest ceremony that had ever happened in Egypt since the time of the pharaohs: the wedding of Queen Nazli's eldest daughter, Princess Fawzia (1921-2013) to the crown Prince of Iran, Mohamad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980).

This extraordinary piece of jewellery was created by Van Cleef & Arpels in Paris at the end of the 1930s. With a matching tiara, it was bought by Queen Nazli (1894-1978) for the grandest ceremony that had ever happened in Egypt since the time of the pharaohs: the wedding of Queen Nazli's eldest daughter, Princess Fawzia (1921-2013) to the crown Prince of Iran, Mohamad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980).

ibation and incensing in front of a deceased person (Book of the Dead, Turin, Egyptian Museum

ibation and incensing in front of a deceased person (Book of the Dead, Turin, Egyptian Museum

Rock inscription. Mentuhotep II with the god's father Intef

Rock inscription. Mentuhotep II with the god's father Intef

Adoration (Bronze figure, 18th Dyn., Paris, Louvr

Adoration (Bronze figure, 18th Dyn., Paris, Louvr

Queen Nazli MAGNIFICENT AND HISTORIC PLATINUM AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, 1939. ESTIMATE $3,600,000–4,600,000.

Queen Nazli MAGNIFICENT AND HISTORIC PLATINUM AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS, 1939. ESTIMATE $3,600,000–4,600,000.

Transport of the grave furniture (Book of the Dead, Turin, Egyptian Museum)

Transport of the grave furniture (Book of the Dead, Turin, Egyptian Museum)

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