CULTURE

Christina Onassis jewelry fetches 8.6 million euros under hammer at Christie’s in London

Spectacular jewelry, once the property of heiress Christina Onassis, fetched 6.8 million pounds (8.6 million euros) at a Christie’s auction in London on Wednesday. Among the 44 high-quality jewelry pieces, belonging to the daughter of the legendary shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, that went under the hammer was a 38-carat D color diamond. Originally part of a spectacular necklace, the precious stone sold for 3.6 million pounds, about twice as much as the original estimate. Another highlight of the London sale was a bowenite Buddha created by the celebrated artisan Carl Faberge. This piece went for 1.27 million pounds, a considerably higher price than its original, 250,000- to 300,000-pound estimate. Though living a life of extreme luxury, Christina Onassis suffered bouts of depression. She died at the age of 37 and was survived by her daughter Athina.