RELEASE: CHRISTIE’S GENEVA MAY SALE OF MAGNIFICENT JEWELS TOTALS US$102.1 Million / SFr.98.8 Million

Geneva

THE HIGHEST RESULT EVER FOR

A VARIOUS-OWNER JEWELLERY AUCTION AT CHRISTIE’S

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR A COLOURLESS DIAMOND

101.73 carat diamond fetches US$26.7 M / SFr.25.8 M

Named ‘WINSTON LEGACY’ Tonight, after its new owner

Record Prices set for Diamonds, Pearls and Sapphires

Geneva - On 15 May 2013, Christie's Geneva auction of Magnificent Jewels realised a total of SFr.98,877,813 / US$102,140,780 / €79,102,250, selling 86% by lot and 93% by value, the highest result ever for a various-owner jewellery auction at Christie’s.

The top lot of the sale was an exceptional pear-shaped D colour, Flawless diamond of 101.73 carats which sold for SFr.25,883,750 / US$26,737,913 / €20,707,000 (US$254,400 per carat), setting a new world record at auction for a colourless diamond.

Overall 20 lots sold above $1 million with 147 buyers coming from 31 countries across 5 continents.

Rahul Kadakia, Head of Jewellery, Christie's Switzerland and Americas, declared: “Harry Winston acquired the most perfect diamond ever offered for sale at auction, ‘Winston Legacy’, continuing the tradition of buying and selling only the very best, a trait of the founder Mr. Winston himself. World record prices were set for diamonds, pearls and sapphires, thereby firmly establishing the international appetite for the most beautiful gems and jewels in a record-breaking $102 million auction at Christie's Geneva."

Notes to Editors:

RECORD PRICES:

Lot 247

THE STAR OF KASHMIR

A cushion-shaped Kashmir sapphire of 19.88 carats

Estimate: SFr.2,400,000-2,900,000

Sold: SFr.3,371,750 / US$3,483,017 / €2,697,400 (US$175,202 per carat)

WORLD AUCTION RECORD PER CARAT FOR A SAPPHIRE

Lot 282

A MAGNIFICENT SINGLE-STRAND NATURAL PEARL NECKLACE MEASURING FROM 13.7 TO 10.4 MM

Estimate: SFr.1,900,000 - 2,900,000

Sold: SFr.8,187,750 / US$8,457,945 / €6,550,200

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR A SINGLE STRAND NATURAL PEARL NECKLACE

Lot 283

‘WINSTON LEGACY’

A pear-shaped D colour, Flawless diamond of 101.73 carats

Sold: SFr.25,883,750 / $26,737,913 / €20,707,000 ($254,400 per carat)

WORLD AUCTION RECORD PRICE FOR A COLOURLESS DIAMOND

Lot 287

A PAIR OF DROP-SHAPED NATURAL PEARL EAR-PENDANTS OF 261.66 AND 216.37 GRAINS

Estimate: SFr.1,200,000 - 2,400,000

Sold: SFr.2,363,750 / US$2,441,753 / €1,891,000

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR A PAIR OF PEARL EAR-PENDANTS

Lot 301

A FANCY RED, VS2 DIAMOND RING OF 1.92 CTS

Estimate: SFr.1,900,000 - 2,900,000

Sold: SFr.3,147,750 / US$3,251,625 / €2,518,200 (US$1,633,000 per carat)

WORLD AUCTION RECORD PRICE FOR A RED DIAMOND

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