Crown of Spice:
Victoria Beckham's Wedding Tiara Auction
published November 18th, 2013
When Spice Girl Victoria Adams married the Manchester United and England football star in 1999 one of the most powerful celebrity couples of all time was born. Now fourteen years on from their fairytale wedding (and four children later) they still remain a “golden couple” in the eyes of the media, gracing countless magazine covers and posters. The “Beckham brand” is still alive and kicking. Even if David has retired from kicking balls on the football pitch.
Now the glamorous tiara, which the popstar-turned fashion designer wore when she tied the knot is to be sold at auction with a guide price of £25,000 - though experts say a fan could well pay a lot more.
The gold and diamond crown tiara made by acclaimed jewellery designer Slim Barrett, is to be sold in the Fine Jewellery sale at Bonhams auction house in London on December 5th.
The dainty and delicate headpiece is described as a "lattice circlet with four openwork lozenges of irregular outline, each with pavé-set brilliant-cut diamond detail and suspending brilliant and baguette-cut diamond drops, interspersed with four smaller diverse motifs, each with central brilliant-cut diamond bombé section, mounted in 18 carat yellow gold with integral hair comb fitting at base.”
Emily Barber, Director of Bonhams Jewellery Department commented: 'Interest in the tiara expected to be two-fold because it is designed by acclaimed jeweller, Slim Barrett, whose pieces rarely come up for sale at auction.
'The fact that it was worn by international style icon Victoria Beckham on her wedding day adds even further interest to the piece, bringing it to the attention of a wider audience.’
Prior to the wedding, Victoria approached Barrett and asked if he could fashion her a tiara based on his pre-existing 'East of Paris' collection, which was inspired by the designer's love of Eastern design and Parisian haute couture.
"It was made to order and was never remade, it's a one-off," Barrett told The Telegraph newspaper. "She liked the East of Paris collection so we took the elements she liked and worked them into something unique in diamonds and gold.”
Surprisingly, Victoria only borrowed the tiara and returned it to Barrett after the wedding: "When we first did it, we were quite naïve and didn't realise the value of what we had done, but now gifting to celebrities is the standard, so we were really lucky that Victoria never asked us to give it to her."
The designer, who has also created pieces for Princess Diana, Beyonce and Lady Gaga, would now like to see the tiara either become part of a museum's permanent collection or go to a private owner.
"We've had over 10 years of brilliant time with that tiara and we're on the next step of our journey," he added. "It's a modern icon. We've had loads of people asking us to do things with it before but it's never been right, so we've always held onto it.”.
Well if David’s looking for a Christmas present for his wife at least he knows it will fit.