• Press release
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  • New York
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  • 8 June 2022

Christie’s New York Magnificent Jewels Including Twelve Jewels by Jar From the Estate of Ann Getty & the Light of Africa Diamond Total: $48,872,000

THE LIGHT OF AFRICA DIAMOND 103.49 CARATS, D COLOR, FLAWLESS, TYPE IIA Price realized: $20,084,000

THE LIGHT OF AFRICA DIAMOND

103.49 CARATS, D COLOR, FLAWLESS, TYPE IIA
Price realized: $20,084,000

The Estate of Ann Getty JAR MULTI-GEM, DIAMOND AND LACQUER 'PARROT TULIP' BROOCHPrice realized: $831,600

The Estate of Ann Getty
JAR
MULTI-GEM, DIAMOND AND
LACQUER 'PARROT TULIP' BROOCH

Price realized: $831,600

New York – Christie’s New York June 8 auction of Magnificent Jewels achieved a total of $48,872,000 with 95% sold by lot and 98% by value.

The auction was led by The Light of Africa Diamond, a D color, Flawless, Type IIa, emerald-cut diamond of 103.49 carats, with excellent polish and symmetry, which achieved $20,084,000 and ranks as the fifth most valuable colorless diamond ever offered at Christie’s. The diamond, unearthed from The Cullinan Diamond Mine, was cut and polished from a 299.3 carat rough by Stargems Group.

Jewelry from The Ann & Gordon Getty Collection and Twelve Jewels by JAR from the Estate of Ann Getty highlighted the sale and totaled $5,900,580. One of the largest and most important private collections of works by the visionary designer Joel Arthur Rosenthal to appear at auction, Ann Getty’s striking group of jewels by JAR achieved exceptional results, including: a multi-gem, diamond and lacquer ‘Parrot Tulip’ brooch, which sold for $831,600; a set of three diamond, ruby and colored sapphire ‘Fleur-Pompons’ brooches, which sold for $579,600; and an agate, diamond and sapphire ‘Zebra’ brooch, which sold for $554,000. A portion of the proceeds from the Ann & Gordon Getty Collection sold today will be given by Mr. Getty to a Ukrainian relief fund.

Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Jewelry, Christie’s, remarked: “The Magnificent Jewels auction at Christie’s New York rounded off an incredible sale season with solid results worldwide.  Ann Getty’s extraordinary JAR collection sold for a total of $5,065,000, over double the pre-sale estimate.  The 103.49ct Light of Africa D Flawless diamond achieved an incredible $195,000 per carat demonstrating the strength of the diamond market at the highest levels.  The stone was unearthed at the Cullinan Mine and polished by the Stargems Group.  We look forward to the rest of our online jewelry sales in London, New York, and Paris, which run through the end of June.”

The sale also achieved strong results for jewelry from notable private collections, such as: a selection of Bulgari jewelry from the collection of Signora Silvana Mangano, led by a Bulgari Fancy Intense yellow diamond ‘Trombino’ ring of 15.98 carats, which sold for $693,000; a Van Cleef & Arpels set of coral and gold jewelry, formerly in the collection of Mrs. Brooke Astor, which realized $75,600; and a pair of emerald and diamond earrings of 13.79 and 12.14 carats from the Property of a Private Collector, which achieved $1,260,000.

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