Sotheby's auction of Magnificent Jewels & Noble Jewels in Geneva achieved CHF 149.9/US$ 160.9 million, the highest ever total for a Jewellery auction. Records were broken throughout the evening, culminating with 'The Sunrise Ruby', an exceptional and immeasurably rare 25.59-carat Burmese stone, selling for CHF 28,250,000/US$ 30,335,698, a world auction record for a ruby. The ruby was one of four jewels in a private collection of four Cartier pieces which achieved a total of CHF 43,924,000/US$ 47,894,085 million, against a low estimate of CHF 21.7 million. Further highlights included 'The Historic Pink Diamond', believed to have been part of the collection of Princess Mathilde, niece of Napoleon I, which achieved CHF 14,810,000/US$ 15,903,422 and the jewellery from the Estate of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe, which sold in its entirety for a total of CHF 6,146,000/US$ 6,621,522, far in excess of its pre-sale estimate of CHF 1.5-2.3 million.
This sale features an impressive array of jewels and precious stones, led by an exceptional cushion-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond, a private collection of Cartier jewels featuring 'The Sunrise Ruby’, and a 30.23 carat Kashmir sapphire. There are a number of wonderful examples of signed pieces from Boucheron, Bulgari, Schlumberger and Belperron. Among the jewels with noble provenance are pieces from the collection of Mary, Duchess of Roxburghe, including three impressive tiaras.