RESULTS: Geneva Magnificent Jewels

Christie's sale of magnificent jewels in Geneva achieved a total of more than $78M, the highest result for any jewellery auction ever held by the auction house in Switzerland. The top lot was a 56 ct

Geneva

Sold:  

SFr. 69,150,300

US$ 78,693,041

€ 55,181,939

Lots Sold:  265

Lots Offered: 317

Sold by Lot: 84%

Sold by SFr.: 93%

Exchange Rates: SFr.1=$1.138 ; SFr.1=€0.798

 

Lot

Description

 

Estimate (SFr.)

 

Purchase Price

Buyer

316

A heart-shaped D, IF, type IIa diamond of 56.15 cts

$195,000 per ct

WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR A HEART-SHAPED DIAMOND AT AUCTION

 

SFr. 8,600,000-11,500,000

SFr. 9,619,000

$ 10,946,422

€ 7,675,962

Graff Diamonds

321

A cushion-cut Burmese sapphire of 130.50 cts

$55,000 per ct

WORLD RECORD PRICE

FOR A SAPPHIRE AT AUCTION

SFr. 800,000-1,200,000

SFr. 6,259,000

$ 7,122,742

€ 4,994,682

Ben Mellen & Son

 

320

 

A rectangular-cut fancy intense blue, IF diamond of 6.60 cts

$828,000 per ct

SFr. 4,000,000-6,000,000

SFr. 4,803,000

$ 5,465,814

€ 3,832,794

Private

 

306

 

An Imperial Mughal spinel necklace

WORLD RECORD PRICE

FOR ANY INDIAN JEWEL AT AUCTION

SFr. 1,450,000-2,400,000

SFr. 4,579,000

$ 5,210,902

€ 3,654,042

Private

 

319

 

A pair of pear-shaped D, potentially flawless,  type IIa diamond earrings of 14.85 and 14.59 cts, by Harry Winston

$133,000 per ct

SFr. 2,800,000-3,200,000

SFr. 3,459,000

$ 3,936,342

€ 2,760,282

Leviev

221

A cushion-cut K, VS2 diamond of 66.37 carats

$51,600 per ct

SFr. 2,200,000-2,700,000

SFr. 3,011,000

$ 3,426,518

€ 2,402,778

Anonymous

 

318

 

A rectangular-cut D, potentially flawless, type IIa  diamond ring of 21.09 cts, by Harry Winston

$150,000 per ct

 

SFr. 2,200,000-2,800,000

 

SFr. 2,787,000

$ 3,171,606

€ 2,224,026

Anonymous

 

315

 

 

A rectangular-cut D, IF, type IIa diamond ring of 20.75 cts, by Harry Winston

$144,000 per ct

SFr. 2,000,000-3,000,000

SFr. 2,619,000

$ 2,980,422

€ 2,089,962

Leviev

 

309

 

A cushion-cut Burmese ruby ring of 8.53 cts, by Van Cleef & Arpels

$267,000 per ct

SFr. 1,700,000-2,300,000

SFr. 2,003,000

$ 2,279,414

€ 1,598,394

Anonymous

 

313

 

A marquise-cut D, IF,  type IIa diamond of 15.93 cts

$135,000 per ct

SFr. 1,400,000-2,000,000

SFr. 1,891,000

$ 2,151,958

€ 1,509,018

Private

 

Jean-Marc Lunel, Head of the Jewellery Department, Christie's Geneva: Quite exceptional prices were achieved at the May 18 auction in Geneva. An antique spinel necklace engraved with the names of the most prominent Mughal Emperors, created a world record price for any Indian jewel at auction selling for more than $5 million. A Burmese sapphire of 130 cts also made a world record price of $7M. The market is particularly keen to buy quality diamonds in all sizes and colours, exemplified by a 56 ct heart-shaped diamond which brought more than $10M in the most successful Christie’s jewellery sale ever held in Geneva. We now look forward to our jewellery auctions in Hong Kong, Paris, London and Milan over the next month”.

Press Contact:

Cristiano De Lorenzo                      +44 7500 815 344                       cdelorenzo@christies.com

Next Jewellery Sale in Geneva:

16 November 2011

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