The brooch fist hit the market in 1887 when the French government decided that the property of French kings and queens would be made available to the highest bidder at public auction. The piece was previously owned by jeweler Emile Schlesinger and was later purchased by American socialite Caroline Astor.
POWER LUNCHING: Laura and Jenna Bush must have worked up an appetite after appearing Tuesday morning on the "Today" show, where the First Lady was the program's guest-host and participated in several interviews, as well as book and cooking segments. Befitting true media mavens, mother and bride-to-be daughter were spotted later in the afternoon lunching at BLT Market in The Ritz-Carlton New York with three other women. "They didn't have a reservation," said the hostess, but were quickly accommodated and had a fast lunch. With Secret Service in tow, they left at 1:30 and got into a black unmarked car and made a quick getaway. Up next? An appearance tonight on "Larry King Live."
HOUSE OF FOG: Rick Owens is setting up shop in New York. The Paris-based designer, who originates from Los Angeles, is busy decorating his first Stateside store there, slated to open in August. "I'm working on an aquariumlike wall installation that contains circulating fog," said Owens of the space, situated on the corner of Dominick and Hudson in TriBeCa. The designer, who operates one store in Paris' Palais Royal, also revealed that he's negotiating a contract for a retail location in London.