Aristotle Onassis' daughter is seen here at a Versaille soiree in 1980 wearing the stunning gem which forms the centrepiece of the collection being auctioned off in June
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Also part of the 2.2-million lot is this Van Cleef & Arpels ruby and diamond collar
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Christina's fabulous jewellery passed to her daughter Athina, along with an extensive real estate portfolio
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Gems worn by Athina's late mother Christina to go under the hammer

15 APRIL 2008
At a glittering 1980 party in Versailles, shipping heiress Christina Onassis was resplendent in diamonds from her magnificent private collection. Now the stunning pear-shaped 38-carat rock which the daughter of Greek billionaire Aristotle Onassis wore that night is to go under the hammer.

The stunning stone is the centrepiece of a collection which represents a slice of 20th-century dynastic history and is expected by auctioneers Christie's to fetch up to 2.2 million when it is sold on June 11.

On Christina's tragically early death in 1988 at the age of 37 her jewellery collection - along with the bulk of the Onassis fortune - passed to her only child Athina, then three.

Other items to be auctioned include a Van Cleef and Arpels ruby necklace, a 120,000 Harry Winston diamond pendant featuring an exceptional sapphire and a rare jade Buddha by Carl Faberge. Estimated to be worth 250,000-350,000, the statue had pride of place on the luxury yacht owned by the Athenian patriarch and named, of course, after his daughter.

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