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Bonhams New York will be providing this fall's jewelry auction season with a collection of jewels from legendary Hungarian two-time Olympic gold medalist, Katherine Domyan as part of its sale of Fine Jewelry. The auction will take place on September 21st, offering jewelry from the estate of the late Olympian. 

At the age of 17, Domyan achieved her first gold medal win in 1952's Helsinki Olympics, nabbing two of the prizes whilst setting world records in the 100-meter freestyle relay and the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. She later won another two gold medals in the same categories during the1954 European Aquatics Championships in Turin, Italy.

Domyan was later inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with the committee involved also honoring her and her three teammates as the relay team of the century. Katherine Domyan died in in October 2017 at the age of 82.

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Bonhams will be auctioning off more than 60 jewelry pieces dating back from the 1970s to the early 2000s. These were purchased by Domyan and her husband throughout their marriage of 56 years. One particular piece is a Harry Winston 86.30-carat diamond fringe necklace as well as some Van Cleef and Arpels and David Webb that have garnered attention. The entire collection is estimated to sell between $2.1 million and $3.2 million.