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Mary Tyler Moore’s jewelry collection goes up for auction at Sotheby’s

Proceeds from the sale of Mary Tyler Moore’s Jewelry Collection will support the prevention of diabetes-related vision loss.

For over 30 years, actress Mary Tyler Moore was married to cardiologist Robert Levine. Enduring challenges from brain tumors to diabetes, Dr. Robert Levine steadfastly supported her. Unfortunately, she passed away on January 25, 2017, at the age of 80. As per reports, she had been on a ventilator, and hospitalized with pneumonia resulting from complications related to her diabetes. Now, six years after her passing, Dr. Levine has decided to auction some of her beloved and precious jewelry pieces.

Bvlgari Gold Coin necklace

Proceeds from the sale of 21 pieces will support The Mary Tyler Moore Vision Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to preserving and restoring vision in individuals with diabetes, carrying forward Ms. Moore’s important work and honoring her enduring legacy. The actress had a remarkable career, securing seven Emmy awards, a Tony Award, three Golden Globe Awards, an Academy Award nomination, and a SAG Lifetime Achievement Award. The auction is a nod to her storied career.

Dr. Levine, Concept Creator and Chair of the Mary Tyler Moore Vision Initiative, said, “Mary was an optimist. She thought anything was possible. And though her near blindness from diabetic retinal disease stole her joy and independence, she worked tirelessly to support research to find diabetes cures so others would not have to suffer the same burdens she had. It was her dream that one day there would be a world without vision loss from diabetes, and the Mary Tyler Moore Vision Initiative is committed to making that dream come true.”

diamond and pearl brooch

Showcasing exquisite antique diamonds and contemporary pieces from renowned houses like Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, and Tiffany and Co., the jewelry in this sale reflects Ms. Moore’s understated yet timeless elegance. Many pieces were gifted by her husband, Dr. Levine, whom she married in 1983. Noteworthy among them is a Bulgari ‘Monete’ Necklace, featuring a Gold, Ancient Coin, Ruby, and Diamond pendant with an estimated value of $25,000 – $35,000.

Another highlight includes a pair of iconic silver bone cuffs by Elsa Peretti, while a cuff bracelet and earclips from Van Cleef & Arpels showcase the successful fusion of old and new. Inspired by ancient Etruscan design, the bracelet’s modern aesthetic is emblematic of the bold, sculptural trends of the 1970s.

Van Cleef Arpels Gold cuff

Other highlights are a Cultured Pearl and Diamond Brooch ($2,500 – 3,500); Audemars Piguet Gold and Diamond ‘Royal Oak’ Wristwatch ($4,000 – 6,000); Group of Gold ‘Mesh’ Jewels, Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co ($4,000 – 6,000) and Group of Diamond Jewels ($15,000 – 20,000). Every item echoes the love they cherished, such as the Jaeger-LeCoultre watch in gold and diamonds. Dr. Levine selected this timepiece as Ms. Moore’s eyesight declined, ensuring its large dial numbers enabled her to read the time.

The jewel pieces will open for bidding from November 28 till December 7.

– By Pritha Debroy