This sale of Magnificent Jewels achieved $65.1 million, marking a new record total for a jewelry auction at Sotheby’s New York. The auction was led by an extraordinary 100.20-carat ‘Perfect Diamond’ in a classic Emerald-cut, which sold for $22.1 million – the highest price ever achieved for a colorless diamond auctioned in New York. Including this result, only six perfect quality diamonds weighing over 100 carats have sold at auction in the last 25 years and Sotheby’s has sold five of these spectacular stones – including sales in Geneva, Hong Kong, and now New York.
Provenance, rarity and signed jewels also drove the successful sale results. The exquisite Baron de Rothschild Necklace, made by Cartier in the 1920s, was sold for $2.6 million, four Harry Winston jewels from the Spectacular Bid Collection brought $1.3 million, and the 35-carat Flagler Emerald, eagerly sought by eleven bidders, soared to $2.8 million.
Leading this Magnificent Jewels sale is the ultimate 100-carat emerald-cut diamond, a D color, Internally Flawless diamond unlike any diamond offered at auction before. Also featured is an impressive Kashmir sapphire and diamond brooch formerly from the collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon that was designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. Additional highlights include rare Art Deco jewels from Cartier, a suite of Harry Winston sapphire and diamond jewels, a selection of Art Moderne pieces and numerous top quality fancy colored diamonds and precious gemstones.
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|61||Please note a section of the strand has become detached and will be repaired for the purchaser by Sotheby's.|
|117||Please note this lot is accompanied by a GIA report no. stating that three diamonds tested at random are of Natural Color.|
|177||Please note that all three pieces are signed VCA and numbered, and are accompanied by signed pouches.|
|232||Please note that although the mounting is signed Cartier, we cannot guarantee the authorship of this piece.|
|233||Please note that although the mounting is signed Cartier, we cannot guarantee the authorship of this piece|
|243||Please note that the enamel will be repaired for the purchaser by Sotheby's.|
|306||Please note that a photocopy of the certificate is currently available; the hard copy is forthcoming and will be provided to the purchaser.|