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Duchess of Windsor Necklace with five pear-shaped emeralds from 5.8 to 14.6 carats (Cartier) and a 48.95-carat Diamond and Emerald Pendant (Harry Winston).

necklace of cabochon sapphires and diamonds created by the jeweler Cartier in 1940 and belonging to the Duchess of Windsor

Wallis and her emerald engagement ring

Wallis Warfield Simpson, who was better known as the Duchess of Windsor, bequeathed her entire estate to the Institut Pasteur in 1986. She is one of many Americans who have chosen to make a bequest to Pasteur. Photograph by Man Ray

The Duke & Duchess of Windsor don paper crowns at a New Year's Eve party. The photographer agreed that he would not release the picture during their lifetimes.

C.Z. Guest and the Duchess of Windsor. 1958.

Top 10 Most Expensive Things Sold At Auction in 2010 1. MOST EXPENSIVE BRACELET Once owned by Wallis Simpson, who married Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII of the British Empire, the onyx and diamond panther bracelet set a new world record ($7.036 million) for the most expensive bracelet ever sold at auction. It was part of a collection of jewels once owned by King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson and dates from 1952.

The Duchess of Windsor Wallis her jewels and her dog.

Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David (Edward VIII) - known to the family as David. He abdicated to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson, the twice divorced American socialite. He married her and they lived in Paris until his death in 1972. He was the present Queen's uncle.

This diamond and sapphire panther pin belonging to Wallis Simpson was purchased from Cartier in 1949. The panther is crouched on a large perfect round cabochon star sapphire weighing a whopping 152.35 carats. This panther pin was one of her favourite pieces which she frequently wore.

Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor - I adore this picture of them

The Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson, photo Cecil Beaton