Christie’s concluded its 250th anniversary season in Geneva with ‘The Magnificent Jewels’ sale which generated sales of $97,117,588. Read about a stone that was sold for $ 2,000,000 per carat
The revival of the Parisian 18th century Boehmer et Bassenge haute joaillerie house saw two spectacular lots offered, establishing a new record price for a pair of earrings sold at auction 17,567,500 Swiss francs, and 8,327,500 Swiss francs for a D color diamond necklace, entitled Le Jardin d’Isabelle.
The third piece made by the house – another pair of earrings with the main D-color flawless diamonds weighing 11 carats each – will be sold in Hong Kong on November 29.
Another highlight was an Art Déco ruby and diamond bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels which sold for $1,294,857, four times its pre-sale estimate
Overall 35 lots sold for more than $1 million throughout 2016 with the top three lots being:
The Oppenheimer Blue, a rectangular-cut, fancy vivid blue diamond weighing 14.62 carats, sold for $57.5 million in May 2016, setting the auction record for the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction
The top lot was a fancy vivid pink pear-shaped diamond of 9.14 carats, achieving the second highest price for a pink pear-shaped diamond sold at auction at $18,174,631, or $ 2,000,000 per carat.
Miroir de l’Amour, a pair of pear-shaped D color flawless diamond earrings, weighing 52.55 and 50.47 carats, by Boehmer et Bassenge, selling for $17,613,175, setting a new world auction record for a pair of earrings.
Sylvain Goldberg – on Christie’s Magnificent Jewel Sale
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