Sotheby’s auction of Important Jewels concluded with a total of $10,258,501, surpassing the sale’s high estimate of $10.1 million and selling 84.2% by lot. This marks the highest total for a February auction of jewelry at Sotheby’s New York, well exceeding last February’s then-record total of $8.9 million.
Highlights from the sale included a heart-shaped orangy pink diamond pendant-necklace that achieved $632,500 (est. $500,000) while a stunning group of six Art Nouveau pieces by René Lalique and Georges Fouquet demonstrated a strong demand for unique designs, with all six selling for a combined $749,000 (est. $435,000).