ON DISPLAY IN JERUSALEM: The $30 Million Marie Antoinette Watch
Twenty five years after it was brazenly stolen from Jerusalem’s L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art, the $30 million “Marie Antoinette” watch is back on display in the Holy Land.
Created by master watch-maker Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1783 for France’s ill-fated queen, the watch is encased in 18-carat gold, while its glasses are made of rock crystal.
It was one of dozens of pieces stole by thief Naaman Diller, a former kibbutznik whose widow tried to sell some of the watches years after his death — which ultimately led to their recovery.
The watch is now on display at the Mayer Museum as part of a larger collection valued at more than $200 million.
This time, security is top-notch — including 1.5 foot thick walls and reinforced glass in a custom-built protected room.