Marie Antoinette could’ve fed the people of Revolution-era France a lot of cake with all the money her jewelry earned at an auction this week. According to Sotheby’s, which hosted the auction at its Geneva outpost on Wednesday, the 10 pieces owned by the former French queen that were included in the collection sold for a collective $42.7 million. “Tonight we saw the Marie Antoinette factor work its magic. No other queen is more famous for her love of jewels, and her personal treasures, pearls and diamonds that survived intact the tumults of history, captivated the interest of collectors around the world,” Daniela Mascetti, the European jewelry chairman for Sotheby’s, said in a statement. One royal piece in particular drove the bulk of those profits: a diamond and natural pearl pendant that was estimated in pre-bidding to earn $1 million to $2 million but actually garnered a whopping $36,165,090. With that massive take, “Queen Marie Antoinette’s Pearl” set a new auction record for a natural pearl. The pendant features a large teardrop pearl that dangles from an oval-shaped diamond by a string of smaller diamonds arranged in a dramatic bow. Per Sotheby’s, the piece was originally ...