Marie Antoinette's diamond bracelets sell for $8million

Queen Marie Antoinette's jewels sold at auction for $8 million

several times the pre-sale estimate, auction house Christie's said

The buyer was bidding by telephone and not identified

LOCATION: Geneva, Switzerland

The double bracelets hold together 112 diamonds

(SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF CHRISTIE'S JEWELRY DEPARTMENT IN GENEVA, MAX FAWCETT, SAYING:"Really, they have never left royal hands, this is a piece of French history that has remained within those families for more than 200 years and again, that is exceptionally rare to find, and especially jewels of such great quality. If you hold these bracelets in your hands, the quality of the workmanship, still today is superior to a lot of the things that we see made in the modern world, so, it really is very exciting."

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