Christie's | Fine Art Auction House

Magnificent Jewels

  • Sale 1400
  • Geneva
  • 12 November 2013

On 12 November 2013, THE ORANGE, the largest fancy vivid orange diamond ever offered at auction (14.82 carats), achieved $35,540,612 / SFr.32,645,000 ($2.4m per carat) at Christie’s Geneva, setting a world record price per carat for any diamond sold at auction, as well as a world record price for an orange diamond.

Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction fetched a record total result of $125,360,131 / SFr.115,146,625 / €93,591,177, selling 89% by lot and 96% by value.

The exceptional jewels formerly part of the collection of Simón Itturi Patiño, known as ‘The Andean Rockefeller’, sold well above their pre-sale estimates totalling $14.7 million / SFr.13.5 million.

The sophisticated jewellery collection of Parisian style icon Hélène Rochas attracted the interest of numerous international collectors and sold 100%, realising a total of $2.3 million / SFr.2.1 million.

François Curiel, International Head of Christie's Jewellery Department, declared: “Time and again, a stone will appear on the market that is truly a miracle of nature. The 14.82ct orange diamond is one such a stone, a rare gem, which will perhaps only be seen once in a lifetime. In the sale on Tuesday, it soared far above all previous records for any orange diamond ever sold at auction, placing The Orange amongst the greatest pinks and blues, which are traditionally the most appreciated coloured diamonds.”

In a $125 million auction, the Orange, the Patiño collection, natural pearls, Royal jewels and stylish creations from the collection of Hélène Rochas were competed for with a passion rarely seen before. The energy in the auction room was constant throughout the sale with collectors and members of the trade bidding without abandon”, said Rahul Kadakia, Head of Jewellery, Christie's Switzerland and Americas.

Auction Results

Sale Total including Buyer’s Premium: 115,043,125 (CHF)

Upcoming Sales in this Department

Tuesday, 21 October 2014



14 October - 28 October
Online Only

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Geneva Magnificent Jewels


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels

Hong Kong

Paris Jewels


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Important Jewels

London, King Street

Friday, 28 November 2014

Statement Jewels

28 November - 11 December
Online Only

  • Bidding Begins28 November, 2014

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Magnificent Jewels

New York, Rockefeller Center

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Ancient Jewelry

New York, Rockefeller Center

Jewellery & Watches

London, South Kensington

Wednesday, 21 January 2015


London, South Kensington

Wednesday, 11 March 2015


London, South Kensington

Wednesday, 15 April 2015


London, South Kensington






  • Please note that we cannot guarantee the timely receipt of your alerts. Auction results are not official until 48 hours after the sale.


View All Upcoming Sales