Sotheby's Geneva jewellery auction achieved a total of CHF 125,507,450 / $141,492,079. The sensational 'Graff Vivid Yellow' sold for CHF 14,501,000 / $16,347,847, setting the world records for a yellow diamond and for a jewel by Graff.
In addition to setting another four world records, the sale saw well over half of the lots sold in excess of their pre-sale high estimates, with jewels of important provenance significantly exceeding expectations. Flora Sassoon's private collection almost tripled pre-sale expectations whilst Jacqueline Auriol's gold and diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels achieved CHF 245,000 / $ 276,203, twelve times the pre-sale estimate.
This sale presents an impressive selection of signed and period jewels from private collections, some with noble provenance. The array of important diamonds in the sale includes the Victory Diamond, a superb 70.33 carat D Flawless cushion and the Graff Vivid Yellow – an exceptional 100.09 carat daffodil yellow diamond ring.
Coloured stones include an important 121 carat unheated Burmese sapphire and an exquisite 12.46 carat unheated Burmese ruby. Collectors of jewels from the 20th century will be fascinated by the Belperron jewels from the Collection of Mme Picha-Eisenstein, a close friend of Suzanne Belperron.
Please note that on 13 May only a selection of lots will be exhibited.