A collection of jewelry once owned by the late Eydie Gorme that is headed to the auction block in New York City next month will be previewed locally -- for one day only -- this Sunday.
The March 30 preview at Sotheby's Los Angeles marks the public unveiling of the auction-bound lot, which is set to go under the gavel in New York on April 29.
If you know anything about Gorme -- beyond the fact that she was a singer -- it's probably that she was half of the vocal duo Steve & Eydie. She and Steve Lawrence were married 55 years; she died in August 2013.
But Gorme had another longtime love -- jewelry (specifically diamonds), and over the course of her lifetime she had built a fairly sizable collection. And it's some of those pieces that are headed to auction. An excerpt from the auction house's "Magnificent Jewels" catalog describes the collection as follows:
"Eydie's love and appreciation of diamonds is evidenced in her beautiful collection of jewelry – gifts from her husband to mark special occasions including their 25th wedding anniversary, when they hosted a spectacular, star-studded party at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Eydie dreamed of owning a diamond in every shape, and when she received her 15.44 carat pear-shaped diamond ring the couple fondly nicknamed it 'The Enterprise.' The other diamonds in the collection include an emerald-cut Harry Winston stone of 17.40 carats, a marquise-shaped D color, Internally Flawless diamond ring received on the occasion of her tenth wedding anniversary, and a 5 carat round diamond in a polished gold mount. Lawrence once gifted Gorme with a gold jeweler's loupe lovingly engraved, 'to Flawless, from VVS2,' further testament to one of the great, enduring romances in show business history."
The public preview of pieces from the Eydie Gorme collection is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. March 30 at Sotheby's Auction House, 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 170, West Hollywood. Additional information about the April 29 auction is available at Sotheby's website.