Submitted by CosmosCotillion
Two rare mementos of the fabulous life that Elizabeth Montgomery led were auctioned off by her estate in 1999. The color catalog features a biography of the actress, as well as photos and descriptions of the ring and bracelet once worn by the actress.
The Sotheby's Catalog Featuring Montgomery's Jewels
The auction, dated Tuesday, November 9, 1999 in Los Angeles, CA, featured two beautiful aquamarine pieces from the estate of Elizabeth Montgomery on pages 158 though 161. The event featured 423 lots, and the color catalog is 193 pages total.
The Sotheby's Picture of Elizabeth Montgomery
Pages 158 and 159 offered a biography and a lovely photo of Montgomery. It does not say how the jewelry was acquired or give any history on the pieces. Both pieces are dated back to 1950, so it is possible they were a gift from her parents.
The Short Biography on Montgomery
Item #348 is Montgomery's 18 K white gold diamond and aquamarine bracelet by Brock & Company circa 1950. The description reads "The semi-flexible band set with 54 oval-shaped aquamarines weighing a total of approximately 30.50 carats, centered by a fluted white gold bow with a pave diamond knot weighing approximately 1.4 carats, mounted in 18 karat white gold, signed Brock & Co., length 6 and 1/2 inches. Value $1,500-$2,000."
The Aquamarine and Diamond Bracelet
Item #349 is her platinum, diamond, and aquamarine ring, circa 1950. The description reads "The large emerald-cut aquamarine weighing approximately 29.5 carats, flanked by 4 shielded trapezoid-shaped aquamarines further highlighted by 10 small round diamonds, mounted in platinum, size 7. $3,000-$4,000."
The Stunning Aquamarine and Diamond with Platinum Ring
Pages 160 and 161 give the details on Montgomery's pieces, as well as two other diamond items that were up for auction that day.
Pages 160 and 161 of the Sotheby's Catalog from November 1999
On April 10, 2003, a very rare piece of Bewitched history went up on Sotheby's auction block in New York when Montgomery's estate listed a diamond starburst brooch, c.1890, which was given to Montgomery by Agnes Moorehead. The brooch is set with old-mine diamonds that weigh approximately 8.50 carats. It was listed in the catalog with a value of $3,000 to $4,000, but sold for $6,000, which was still quite a deal considering that Moorehead wore her own clothing and accessories on the set of Bewitched, and this brooch, which Montgomery had long admired, is readily seen in several episodes of the show making it easy to authenticate.
The Brooch that Moorehead Bequeathed to Montgomery