On Nov. 18, Ahlers & Ogletree presents an extraordinary array of timepieces and fine jewelry from the collection of entertainment attorney, Joel Katz. Also featured will be the estate of civil rights attorneys and law professors Marjorie and Ralph Knowles.
The auction will be led by Robert Ahlers, seasoned auction expert and the CEO and founder of Ahlers & Ogletree Auctions and Peachtree Battle Estate Sales, who commented, “We’re honored to represent these prestigious collections. It is rare to see such a vast selection of jewelry, gems and timepieces.”
Ahlers added, “To prepare for an auction of this magnitude, our seasoned licensed gemologist examines every piece, identifying the carat weight, cut, clarity and material. We spend months preparing, doing the cataloging, background research, and photography and are proud to present these two important collections.”
The auction features pieces owned by philanthropist and attorney Joel Katz, as he downsizes his extensive collections in two prominent auctions. Katz is regarded as one of the leading entertainment attorneys in the U.S., who also serves as a senior lawyer at Barnes & Thornburg in the entertainment and media area and general counsel for The Grammys. Katz’s clients have included Jimmy Buffet, Julio Iglesias, Willie Nelson, and the estate of Michael Jackson amongst many others.
Katz’s collection offers 240 exceptional lots and 80 fine men’s and women’s watches including Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Frank Mueller, Vacheron Constantin, Boucheron, and Buccellati.
Timepiece highlights include an 18-carat yellow gold AP Royal Oak watch, an 18-carat rose gold Vacheron Constantin Malte Tonneau Tourbillon, a diamond-encrusted Vacheron Constantin Lady Kalla, and an 18-carat white gold Harry Winston Avenue diamond watch. Jewelry highlights feature a platinum 7.2-carat oval diamond ring, a 39-carat total weight diamond bracelet, an 8-carat pear-shaped fancy cognac diamond pendant necklace, and a Van Cleef & Arpels 18-carat ruby and diamond bracelet.
In January, selected art and furniture from the Katz collection will be presented at a second auction.
In addition, jewelry from the estates of Marjorie and Ralph Knowles, a couple known for their passion for justice and equality, will also be auctioned. Marjorie Knowles, a Harvard University honors graduate, was the first female dean of a Georgia law school. Alongside confidant Gloria Steinem and other feminist icons like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she worked to pass the Equal Rights Amendment to the federal constitution.
In this collection, you’ll find more than 120 lots of fine women’s jewelry and watches by Boucheron, Nicholas Varney, Frank Mueller, Seaman Schepps, Cartier, Henry Dunay, Henning Koppel for Jensen, Verdura, Valentin Magro, Patek Philippe, Buccellati, Mauboussin, Piaget, David Webb, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chris Davies, Angela Cummings and more. Plus, a selection of fine stones and gems featuring sapphires, diamonds, emeralds and pearls. Timepiece highlights include: a Patek Philippe 18-carat “Calatrava”; a Van Cleef & Arpels 18-carat and diamond “Talisman”; a Piaget 18-carat yellow gold “Polo”; a Frank Mueller Long Island “Color Dreams” watch; and a Buccellati “Eliochron” 18-carat yellow gold watch. Jewelry highlights include an 8.8-carat total weight, three-stone platinum and diamond ring; a Corundum ruby, diamond and 18-carat gold ring; a Nicholas Varney 18-carat fire opal and diamond bracelet; a Boucheron 18-carat gold and ruby bracelet; and a custom David Webb quartz and amethyst totem pendant.
Interested bidders can preview the auction at Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery, 700 Miami Circle, Atlanta, Ga., Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Registered bidders may bid in real-time as lots sell, beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 18. Maximum bids can be left any time until the lot goes live on auction day. The auction will also be available online for preview. Visit www.aandoauctions.com to register.
- Robyn Spizman Gerson
- jewelry auction
- Joel Katz
- Marjorie and Ralph Knowles
- Robert Ahlers
- Ahlers & Ogletree Auctions
- Peachtree Battle Estate Sales
- The Grammys
- Barnes & Thornburg
- Jimmy Buffet
- Julio Iglesias
- Willie Nelson
- Michael Jackson
- Audemars Piguet
- Frank Mueller
- Vacheron Constantin
- AP Royal Oak
- Harvard University
- Gloria Steinem
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- Equal Rights Amendment