Sotheby’s achieved consecutive per-carat price records for Kashmir sapphire first with the Cartier sapphire ring at HK$1,505,246 / US$193,975 per carat then again with a sapphire and diamond ring at HK$1,834,499 / US$236,404 per carat. The top lot of the night, a vivid purple-pink diamond ring mounted by Sotheby’s Diamonds, attracted keen competition before fetching a wonderful price of HK$137.88 million and setting a world auction record for a fancy vivid pink diamond. Also notable is a very fine icy multi-coloured jadeite ‘Guan Yin’ ornament which achieved HK$14.44 million and figures among the top ten lots of the sale. The highly anticipated Ballerina Butterfly brooch co-designed by Cindy Chao and Sarah Jessica Parker to benefit the New York City Ballet achieved HK$9.4 million. The entire sale totalled HK$584 Million / US$75 Million.
The spotlight of this autumn sale is a superb 8.41-carat Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink diamond of remarkable hue and saturation, combined with an internally flawless clarity that is virtually unseen in any significant pink diamond of Fancy Vivid or Fancy Intense colour grading ever sold at auction. Equally spectacular is a heart-shaped D colour, Internally Flawless diamond weighing over 50 carats and a suite of jadeite jewellery of historical provenance, formerly in the collection of the Last Empress Wanrong. With an exceptional selection of coloured gemstones, diamonds, jadeites and signed jewels, this sale promises to be a tremendous feast for jewellery connoisseurs around the world.