RELEASE: WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR A BRIOLETTE DIAMOND NAMED “THE STAR OF CHINA”

Hong Kong

Hong Kong – Christie’s announces that “The Star of China” is now the name of the largest and most perfect briolette diamond offered for sale at auction, on top of the other two world record breaking diamonds, The Princie Diamond and The Winston Legacy Diamond, sold at Christie’s in New York and Geneva respectively this season.

Ms. Tiffany Chen, Vice Chairman of China Star Entertainment Limited, is the new owner of the briolette diamond. She names the diamond after her company as “The Star of China”.

“The Star of China”, also known as the top lot sold at Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale on 28 May 2013, is a briolette diamond weighing 75.36 carats priced at US$148,000 per carat, achieving a world record HK$86,110,000 / US$11,151,245. While less than one carat in every 100,000 carats of diamond will be found in a perfect condition, this briolette of imposing size is certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to be D colour and type IIa.

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2018 that totalled £5.3 billion / $7 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.