Sotheby’s inaugural sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels at the Mandarin Oriental in Geneva was headlined by ‘The Apollo and Artemis Diamonds’ since renamed ‘The Memory of Autumn Leaves’ and ‘The Dream of Autumn Leaves’ which sold for US$57,425,478 / CHF 57,118,750, becoming the most valuable earrings ever sold at auction. There was dynamic bidding on the phone, online and in the room throughout with the sale totalling US$ 151,546,458 / CHF 150,737,000 with over 90% lots sold and two thirds over the high estimate with multiple records including an auction record for a Fancy Intense Purplish Pink diamond selling for US$13,245,750 / CHF 13,175,000 as well as a record price per-carat, $1,881,499.
A collection of the finest diamonds and gemstones (Lot 272 – 326), as well as signed jewels from the most desirable and sought-after Jewellery houses, doubled pre-sale estimates to realise a combined total of US$15,899,550 / CHF 15,814,625 and achieved an outstanding sell-through rate of 96% including LOT 326: Pear-shaped diamond ring, weighing 32.42 carats by Harry Winston which doubled its low estimate to realise US$3,330,288 /CHF3,312,500 and LOT 315: Emerald and diamond ring by Harry Winston achieved five times its estimate selling for US$929,465 /CHF924,500. A Rare ruby, onyx and diamond bracelet, circa 1925, soared above estimate to realise US$748,498 / CHF 744,500.
Sotheby’s spring sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels at Mandarin Oriental, Geneva will be led by the ‘Apollo and Artemis Diamonds’. Individually, these captivating diamonds – one Fancy Vivid Blue, one Fancy Intense Pink – are truly exceptional stones and when considered as a pair, they enter a class of their own: the most important earrings ever to appear at auction. Offered separately as individual lots, ‘The Apollo Blue’ will be presented with an estimate of CHF 38,125,000–50,160,000 ($38,000,000–50,000,000) and ‘The Artemis Pink’ is estimated between CHF 12,545,000–18,060,000 ($12,500,000–18,000,000). The sale features jewellery from different collections comprising signed jewels and superb gemstones. Gems from Kashmir, Burma, Colombia rub shoulders with signed jewels from the most iconic and well-known jewellery houses, such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Lacloche, Bulgari, Schlumberger and Tiffany.