The Hong Kong Autumn Sales was concluded by the auction of Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite in Hong Kong on 7 October 2015. The Jewel of Kashmir, a 27.68-carat Kashmir sapphire ring, set a world auction record price per carat for Kashmir sapphire at US$242,145 per carat, while The Cowdray Pearls achieved HK$41.08 million/US$5.3 million, setting a world auction record for a natural grey pearl necklace.
Leading this autumn sale is the highly important and rare Cowdray Pearl Necklace composed of forty-two natural grey pearls of superb quality. Another highlight of notable provenance is The Dowager Viscountess Harcourt Necklace incorporating diamonds from the French Crown Jewels bought by Tiffany and Co. in 1887 at auction, subsequently sold by Sotheby’s in 1995 and reappearing in the market again after 20 years in private collection. To be offered is also a sumptuous selection of highly desirable gemstones, diamonds and jadeites, including an iconic 10.62-carat ruby panther ring mounted by Cartier, an exceptional Kashmir sapphire weighing an impressive 27.68 carats, and a rare fancy intense pink diamond of over 5 carats. Two fabulous Art Deco brooches from Cartier with oriental elements and an impressive 27.91-carat antique cushion-shaped ruby exude grandeur of the past, while modernity is celebrated by exquisite creations from world-famous maisons.
Please note that the ten diamonds range from 0.57 to 0.50 carat and not 0.20 carat as stated in the catalogue.
Please note that the necklace is accompanied by a copy of the original invoice and not the original invoice as stated in the catalogue.
Please note that the certificate is dated 15 July 2015 and not 23 July 2015 as stated in the catalogue.
This Lot has been withdrawn from the sale.
Further accompanied by a Gübelin Gem Lab Gemportrait No. 12, stating the rarity of the 27.68 carat Royal Cornflower Blue Crown Jewel of Kashmir, and that this unique sapphire with a combination of unparalleled qualities is the 12th to earn this distinction from Gübelin.