THE WINSTON BLUE offered on May 14th at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale achieved a stunning SFr.21,445,000/US$23,795,372/€17,359,728 (World Record Price $1,799,953 per carat). The largest flawless Fancy Vivid blue diamond in the world, weighing 13.22 carats, was named THE WINSTON BLUE by Nayla Hayek, CEO of Harry Winston. “In January 2013 we purchased Harry Winston and since then my ambition has been to acquire the most desirable and unique gems. When Christie’s announced they were offering the largest flawless fancy-vivid blue the GIA had ever graded, I had to buy it. Today, I am proud to own the most beautiful blue diamond in the world: THE WINSTON BLUE”, said Nayla Hayek – CEO Harry Winston.
Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale realised a total of SFr.138,963,250/US$154,193,622/€112,490,751 selling 85% by lot and 94% by value, achieving the Highest total ever for a Jewellery sale in auction history. 4 world record prices were achieved.
Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Christie’s Jewellery Department: “Harry Winston continued buying the best at Christie’s with their acquisition of THE WINSTON BLUE. World auction prices were achieved in a record-breaking auction with intense bidding throughout the sale. The Cartier Devant de Corsage Brooch realised a staggering US$17,5M, a 660% increase having first sold for US$2.65M at Christie’s Geneva back in 1991. The Jewellery market continues to remain extremely vibrant and we look forward to a buoyant season as we move into auctions at Christie’s Hong Kong, London, Paris and New York”.