The greatest white diamond ever to appear at auction, weighing 118.28 carats, led our Hong Kong sale of Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite, achieving a record price of HK$238.7 million (US$30.6 million). This sale brought the highest total ever for a jewelry sale in Asia - HK$744 million (US$95 million), a befitting occasion for Sotheby’s 40th anniversary in Asia. The top two jadeite lots were highly contested for by several Asian collectors, resulting in excellent prices, particularly the double-strand jadeite bead necklace which sold for HK$42.68 million / US$5,471,795.
In celebration of Sotheby’s 40th anniversary in Asia, we are extremely honoured to offer a Magnificent Oval Diamond of Supreme Importance – a remarkable 118.28 carat, D colour, Flawless, Type IIa stone of Excellent Polish and Excellent Symmetry. It is the largest D colour Flawless diamond ever to appear at auction, as well as the largest oval shaped, D colour Flawless or Internally Flawless diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Magnificent Oval Diamond is offered alongside The Premier Blue, the world’s largest round Fancy Vivid blue diamond. Other selection this autumn includes an extravagant set of two jadeite bead necklaces from Republican Shanghai, a Cartier pink diamond ring from the estate of Madam Ji Ing Soong, an extremely glamorous Cartier peacock brooch from a royal private collection, and a unique 8.03-carat Burmese ruby ring which is the result of collaboration between Sotheby’s and celebrated Asian jewellery designer Cindy Chao.
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Extraordinary Jewels: 1780-1980 (October 5-7)
A three-day course taught by Sotheby's Institute in Hong Kong, coinciding with Sotheby's jewellery auction in Hong Kong.