Three choice lots from upcoming Heritage auctions
World & Ancient Coins
Considered the most historically important of all ancient coins, the Eid Mar denarius commemorates the assassination of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March. Depicting a liberty cap flanked by daggers, it is the only Roman coin to openly celebrate an act of murder. This example is among the finest specimens known, and it’s the sole certified example to receive a Fine Style designation from NGC.
Marcus Junius Brutus, Assassin of Caesar and Imperator, with L. Plaetorius Cestianus, as Magistrate AR Denarius
NGC XF 5/5 – 4/5, Fine Style
Auction: May 3-5
Encrusted with 229 diamonds set in 18k white gold hardware and totaling 8.08 carats, the Hermès 35cm Diamond Matte White Himalayan Niloticus Crocodile Kelly is one of the rarest bags ever created. But it’s not just the gems that make this handbag shine. Fashioned from the hide of Africa’s largest crocodilian, it features a delicate ombre of smoky gray fading into luminous white, an effect that evokes the majestic snow-capped Himalayas for which the bag is named.
Hermès 35cm Matte White Himalayan Niloticus Crocodile Retourne Kelly Bag with 18K White Gold and Diamond Hardware
Auction: May 4
This spectacularly bold, over-the-top gold and diamond watch was once owned by the equally fabulous and legendary performer Liberace. The diamond-studded timepiece features an intricate organic pattern of twisted gold and nude female bodies, while the dial boasts a gold bark finish. With more than three carats of diamonds and weighing over 250 grams, the extravagant watch is a fitting reflection of its previous owner.
Diamond and Gold Watch
Previously owned by Liberace
Auction: May 8