THIS JUST IN: Nov. 26, 2015
PCGG declares collections intact, according to appraisers.
|Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images|
This collection, the Hawaiian as well as the Malacañang collection are now being re-appraised. Here is a recent article on a new and rare find from the Hawaiian collection. Some of the pieces I photographed in 1986 are coming out in the more recent articles. Good to know they are still there.
It has been 26 years since I first took the photos of Imelda's jewels for PCGG in 1988. Still, there has been no resolution. Not only that, when they do show the jewels, I haven't seen any of the Remouliotes collection in as many years. So where are they now?
When I first took the photos in 1986, I Time and Life both wanted to publish the shots, but at that time, Imelda vehemently denied there were hers. Since then, she has sued the government to get them back. I wonder what will become of them, or what has become of them.
I recently read an article claiming that the collection was worth 8 million, including the two other collections. I don't know how this could be because this collection alone must be worth at least that much in today's market. One bracelet from Van Clef and Arpel's had a price tag of 1 million USD still attached to it.
This necklace and the yellow barrel diamonds (photo shown at bottom of page) are the only two pieces I have actually seen a photograph of Imelda wearing.
|This was item 27-B on the Bureau of Customs list itemizing this collection|
|This is Imelda wearing the Buccelatti necklace and the yellow diamond earring which I also photographed.|
|This is the page of BOC list which the appraisers from Christie's auction house and myself worked from. The circled and checked pieces are my markings so that I could correlate them to the images later when I archived them so they would match up.|
|The jewelry was stored in trunks which contained the items in this collection.|
Before I could handle them, I had to wait for the Malacañan staff to remove each piece from the trunk and check it against the custom's list. The item was then handed to the Christies's appraisers, of which at that time, there were two. After they looked at each piece under a jewelers loop, and measured each stone with a caliper, that is the only time I could photograph them. I could not touch the pieces at all, if I didn't like the way they were put on the table, I had to ask one of the Malacañan staff to position it for me.
|Malacañan staff taking out the Buccelatti necklace and comparing it to the BOC list.|
These are the yellow diamond earrings that Imelda Marcos is wearing the in the photograph above. Item 2B on the Bureau of Customs list. The heart shaped yellow diamonds are 5 cts. each, and the barrel diamonds are 10 cts. each.
I published a table top book of the jewels seen in this blog called "Thoroughly Imeldific", just for home and some friends. I gave her a copy, and she signed a copy for me to keep. I wonder if she still has it.
In that article it says the government will ultimately auction them off. I didn't think it took 28 years to decide on something like this.
In this article it says the entire 3 collections is worth 6 million USD!