History of Famous Jewels and Collections
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Re: Countess Mona Bismarck
Mona had a son by her first marriage who she left as a baby and seems to have had no contact with...after her death he came forward and challenged her will which had left everything to a charitable trust which I believe is still going.
In THE JOURNEY by Countess Cecilia Sternberg (Eddie Bismarcks cousin) published in 1977 we see great insights in Mona's world
She did very well husband wise.
Interestingly whilst extensive her collection for the major pieces is very traditional. Apart from mainly pins and brooches she seems to have opted for very classic styles.
Iíll add a couple of caveats here.
As she had a child and step children we canít assume what was auctioned was her entire collection. So maybe many of her 20/30ís pices were family retained. She may also have had to sell those pieces after the crash. She may have also sold them herself as she got older deciding the classic look really suited her age.
She certainly had a very impressive collection.
Harrison Williams her third husband was said to be worth 920 million dollars prior the Wall Street crash.