collector John Traina of San Francisco

Pieces from the holdings of the late objet d'art collector John Traina of San Francisco will be auctioned at Sotheby's in New York on Dec. 7. They include this platinum, agate, sapphire and diamond cigarette case by Cartier of New York, circa 1920 (estimated value $5,000 7,000.)

Platinum, Cabochon Sapphire and Diamond Dess Set, Cartier, Paris, Circa 1920, comprising a pair of cufflinks, four buttons and two studes, in a signed and fitted box. (Est. $10,000 15,000) less

Pieces from the holdings of the late objet d'art collector John Traina of San Francisco will be auctioned at Sotheby's in New York on Dec. 7. They include this platinum, agate, sapphire and diamond cigarette . more

Pieces from the holdings of the late objet d'art collector John Traina of San Francisco will be auctioned at Sotheby's in New York on Dec. 7. They include this platinum, cabochon sapphire and diamond dress set by Cartier in Paris, circa 1920, comprising a pair of cufflinks, four buttons and two studes, in a signed and fitted box. (Estimated value: $10,000 15,000.) less

Pieces from the holdings of the late objet d'art collector John Traina of San Francisco will be auctioned at Sotheby's in New York on Dec. 7. They include this platinum, cabochon sapphire and diamond dress set . more

Pieces from the holdings of the late objet d'art collector John Traina of San Francisco will be auctioned at Sotheby's in New York on Dec. 7. Among them: a Cartier/European Watch And Clock, Co., Inc. 18 carat yellow gold, onyx and enamel square open faced watch, circa 1920 valued at an estimated $8,000 12,000. less

Pieces from the holdings of the late objet d'art collector John Traina of San Francisco will be auctioned at Sotheby's in New York on Dec silver love bracelet. 7. Among them: a Cartier/European Watch And Clock, Co., Inc. 18 carat . more

It's hard to imagine a man in today's jeans and hoodie world dressing on a daily basis with the flair of a 1950s Hollywood screen idol. The late San Francisco philanthropist, vintner and Faberg objects collector John Traina was among the few dapper dressers in America during the past century replica cartier love bracelet, from Baron Alexis de Red to New York socialite to jeweler , who did just that and knew how to use unusual and precious accessories to accent any outfit, whether for a black tie gala or an afternoon lunch, and make it look like an afterthought.

Traina, who died earlier this year, left a wealth of treasures so vast that even eight children can't use them all. They've decided to spread the love of adornment, so to speak, by putting a portion of their father's collectibles up for bid Dec. 7 at

The sale, to be titled "The : A Portrait in Style," will contain 92 lots, some with multiple items, consisting of cuff links and studs (known as "dress sets") and cigarette cases, created by famous makers from the Art Deco period through today and ranging in value from $5,000 to $30,000 each.

The event is considered unusual in the auction world because nearly all single owner sales consist of objects owned by women cartier love bracelet white gold price, Sotheby's officials said.

"He was well loved, and I would like this auction to be a tribute to him," , chairman for North and South America of Sotheby's international jewelry division, said by e mail from Qatar. (Watches from Traina's collection will be included in a larger watch sale at Sotheby's the day before, Dec. 6.)

Traina's pieces from houses such as Cartier, Van Cleef Arpels, , Schlumberger for Tiffany Co., Harry Winston, Bulgari, and James de Givenchy for Taffin are expected to draw stiff competition from bidders.

Traina's cigarette cases "are really small works of art," Hubbard said, with signature pieces from VCA, Tiffany, Schlumberger, Cartier and Verdura.

"I remember being on small boats in the Dal Lake in the Indian state of Kashmir at the break of dawn, and we happened upon the infamous floating market," Todd Traina said.

"Vendors were tossing him various jewels, which he closely inspected, as precious emeralds and rubies were narrowly escaping being dropped into the water with every toss. He was able to buy amazing emerald beads for next to nothing and could spot the best ones quickly."

John Traina, who also collected art and had a stash of personal mementos including a letter jacket from his Stanford University days, was so generous with his children during his lifetime that they say they simply don't need and cannot wear everything he left behind.

"Holding one of the dress sets or watches is like going back in time to an era when men were gentlemen and an elegant appearance was the ultimate calling card," said entrepreneur Trevor Traina, another son.

"We love the idea of sharing them with the world, and sharing our memories of the kind of man seldom seen anymore.

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