06/17/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Onassis Heiress To Sell Mother's Jewels

Athina Onassis, the heiress once dubbed 'the richest little girl in the world', is selling millions of pounds of jewellery she inherited.

The only surviving descendant of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, 23-year-old Athina has decided to sell more than 40 pieces owned by her mother, Christina, who died when she was three.

The sale is prompted not by a lack of money -Athina inherited a fortune estimated at anything up to £1 billion - but by her decision that she has no need of what she sees as the glittering accoutrements of a bygone era.

It will, however, be bound to attract further criticism that she has no respect for her family's past.

Athina fell out with her French father Thierry Roussel when she was young and he failed to attend her wedding in 2005 to Alvaro de Miranda Neto, a Brazilian Olympic showjumper 12 years her senior.

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