Marie Antoinette's never-before-seen jewels will go under the hammer

Jewellery that once belonged to Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France before the French Revolution, is set to go up for auction.

Marie Antoinette's dazzling jems, unseen for two centuries, have gone on show in London before going on sale next month in what is a rare auction.

The collection, held by Italian royal House of Bourbon-Parma, is being sold by Sotheby's in Geneva on November 14.

Reports in The Business Times, the lots include 10 jewels which belonged to the consort, before the French Revolution when she was guillotined.

The highlight of the collection is Antoinette's Pearl, a natural pearl and diamond pendant valued at £1.5 million.

No other member of Europe's royalty has captured the imagination or their place in history as much as Marie Antoinette.

The collection has been exhibited in New York and will go on to Singapore, Taipei and back to Geneva where they will go under the hammer.

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