On 18 May, the Superb Jewels from the Collection of H.S.H. Gabriela Princess zu Leiningen sold for 100 per cent by lot, realising a total of CHF 22,260,750 / US$22,536,783, in a remarkable night that set new benchmarks at auction.
A star of the Princess Gabriela’s extensive trove of jewellery, the famed Pohl Diamond, a gem of 36.09 carats unearthed from a 287-carat rough stone, sold for CHF 4,309,000 / US$4,362,000 over its low estimate of CHF 3,800,000 / US$3,894,259.
Many of the top lots revealed an appreciation for the Princess’s eye for whimsy, including a diamond, ruby and emerald frog brooch by Cartier and a ruby and diamond novelty brooch shaped as a violin, also by Cartier, which sold for an astounding CHF 269,000 / US$275,673 against a pre-sale estimate of CHF 10,000–15,000 ($10,248–15,372).
In addition, a superb diamond ring by Boucheron; a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings by Cartier; and a magnificent necklace by Cartier, suspending a sapphire of 55.61 carats, shone as highlights of an evening that marked the continued importance of provenance in the global market for jewellery.