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    Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

    Iconic jewels from leading houses feature at Christie’s New York jewels online sale from April 13-24. The sale features work from Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, David Webb, Graff, Tiffany, Van Cleef and Arpels and Verdura. More than 160 lots are on offer with bidding starting at below $2,000. The catalogue is online.  



    Sunday, September 25th, 2011

    A pair of 35.77 and 35.61-carat D colour flawless clarity Type IIa round brilliant-cut diamonds, estimated at US$7/9 million each.

    This pair of unmounted, round, brilliant cut diamonds weighing 35.77 and 35.61 carats each and graded “D Flawless” will lead Christie’s sale of magnificent jewels in Hong Kong on November 29.  “D Flawless” is the highest accolade for colour and clarity and the Type 11a stones have been estimated at $7-9 million US dollars each.  They were uncovered at two separate mines in southern Africa, the Jwaneng mine in Botswana and the Saxendrift mine in South Africa.

    Beginning in October the sale will be toured to New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok, Geneva, Taipei and Hong Kong.

    UPDATE: the 35.77 carat stone sold for  $8,275,350 US dollars, the 35.61 carat stone made $8,131,654 US.


    Friday, June 10th, 2011

    A diamond tiara from the 1920's at Sotheby's. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE £277,250

    A diamond tiara from the 1920’s highlights Sotheby’s sale of fine jewels in London on July 13. Estimates in this 288 lot sale range from £3,000-55,000.  The tiara has an estimate of £35,000-55,000.

    There are contemporary and period jewels, spanning three centuries of workmanship and design with signed pieces by designers like Repossi, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany and Boucheron.  The entire sale is expected to raise more than £1.7 million.

    An opal and diamond corsage. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE £25,000

    An opal and diamond corsage from the mid-19th century highlights the 19th century jewel section.  It was formerly in the collection of Doña Maria Cristina of Bourbon, Princess of the Two Sicilies (Widow of King Ferdinand VII of Spain) Queen Regent of Spain.
    Designed as a series of ribbons and leaves and a central cabochon opal within a floral border, and set with cushion-shaped, circular-cut and rose diamonds, suspending a series of four tassels similarly set, it is estimated at £20,000-30,000.


    Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

    This onyx and diamond panther bracelet with emerald eyes by Cartier established a new record price for any bracelet at auction. (click to enlarge)

    The 20 exceptional jewels and precious objects formerly in the collection of The Duchess of Windsor made £7,975,550 at Sotheby’s in London on November 30.  This figure was well in excess of the pre-sale expectations of £2,906,000.  The sale was 100% sold by lot and value.

    The top-selling lot was an onyx and diamond panther bracelet by Cartier, Paris in 1952.  It was chased by four bidders and made £4,521,250, more than double the pre-sale estimate of £1-1.5 million.  This price establishes a new record for Cartier at auction and for any bracelet at auction.  The second highest price was paid for a ruby, sapphire, emerald, citrine and diamond flamingo clip, mounted by Cartier, Paris, 1940.  It was purchased by Collection Cartier for £1,721,250, a price comfortably over pre-sale expectations of £1-1.5 million.
    The jewellery was mostly bought by Edward VIII for his American wife Wallis Simpson.  He renounced his claim to the British throne in 1936 to marry the American divorcee and they became the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
    The original Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor sale in 1986 made 31 million pounds and still ranks as the most valuable single owner jewellery sale ever.  The 20 pieces in this sale came from a single owner who acquired them at the 1986 auction.