Royal diamond jewels belonging to Edward VIII and his American wife Wallis Simpson have gone up for auction today (November 30th).
Celia Walden, writing for the Daily Telegraph, noted that the couple, whose illicit courtship "rocked the constitution", amassed what is now the most valuable single-owner jewellery collection ever to go under the hammer.
One item on display is the diamond panther bracelet, which was reportedly tried on by Madonna and is expected to raise £1.5 million in the bidding war, which will take place at Sotheby's auction house on New Bond Street in London.
This month, the pop star was seen inspecting items in the Windsor Collection and she is said to be directing a film about Edward's abdication and relationship with Simpson.
Other gem-encrusted accessories include a small hinged purse that is estimated to sell for £20,000, a flamingo hair clip studded with rubies, sapphires, emeralds and citrine, as well as a row of spectacle-set precious stones supporting a bejewelled Latin cross engraved with inscriptions – an item Simpson wore on her wedding day.