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  • COWDRAY PEARLS SELL FOR US$5,266,667 AT SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG

    There was a world auction record for a natural grey pearl necklace when The Cowdray Pearls sold for US$5,266,667 at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong today.  The Jewel of Kashmir, a 27.68 carat Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring achieved a world auction record price per carat of US$242,145 when it made US$6,702,654.

    The previous world auction record for a natural grey pearl necklace was held by The Cowdray Pearls which sold for  for US$3,353,661 in London in June 2012. The previous record per carat for a Kashmir sapphire was US$240,381 established in Hong Kong last May when a circular cut ring of 10.33 carats sold for US2,483,136.

    Sotheby’s five day series of sales in Hong Kong brought in US$342.2 million.  A total of 2,974 lots were sold. The top lot of the series was an Imperial painting of Chinhui, the Qianlong Emperor’s favourite consort, by Giuseppe Castiglione which sold for US$17.6 million,.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 10, 2015).

    The Cowdray Pearls sold for US$5,266,667

    The Cowdray Pearls sold for US$5,266,667

    This emerald cut sapphire and diamond ring sold for US$6.7 million

    This emerald cut sapphire and diamond ring sold for US$6.7 million

    An Imperial Painting of Chunhui, the Qianlong Emperor’s favourite Consort, by Court Artist Giuseppe Castiglione sold for US$17.6 million.

    Sotheby’s Nicholas Chow showing an Imperial painting of Chunhui, the Qianlong Emperor’s favourite Consort, by Court Artist Giuseppe Castiglione which sold for US$17.6 million.

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