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  • New York
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  • 13 May 2020

RELEASE | Jewels Lead the New Height of Online Sales Presenting the Highest Valued Lot for Christie's Online

Estimate: $1,000,000 – 2,000,000

New York – Since the highly successful inaugural Elizabeth Taylor online sale in December 2011, Christie’s continues to innovate with online across all categories for collectors worldwide. In the June 16-30th sale, Christie’s Jewels will offer the largest D color diamond to be offered for sale online. Estimated at $1-2m, this is the highest valued lot ever offered for sale online at Christie’s.

Encouraged by record online participation and the increased level of transaction, Christie’s Jewels has enhanced its online sales calendar to include higher value property and to offer a new sale each month. The June Online sale will be led by a spectacular diamond ring of 28.86 carats, D color, VVS1 clarity, Type IIa ($1,000,000-2,000,000), the highest valued lot ever offered in an online-only sale at Christie’s. Additional highlights for Jewels Online (June 16-30) can be viewed here, with further information to be shared closer to the sale.

Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Jewelry at Christie’s, remarks, “As the jewelry auction market leader for over twenty-six years, our team continues to strategically innovate and bring to market the very best jewels for our clients. This year has presented unprecedented circumstances, enabling Christie’s new opportunities through our enhanced digital platform. Year-over-year, we have seen an increase in online participation and the value threshold for transacting online. Recognizing greater client confidence, we are proud to announce the highest valued lot ever to be offered for sale in our June 2020 Jewels Online auction.”               

A Spectacular Diamond Ring Offered in Jewels Online | June 16-30
The combination of a diamond’s unparalleled hardness and crystalline purity has merited its celebrated status and established the stone as the pinnacle of all gemstones. The spectacular 28.86 carat D color VVS1 clarity emerald-cut diamond ring ($1,000,000-2,000,000) presented in Jewels Online (June 16-30) possesses a purity of color and transparency which can only be found in world’s finest natural diamonds. The diamond also belongs to the rare Type IIa category, which are extremely rare, making up less than 2% of all diamonds. These rare diamonds have been unearthed from only a limited number of sources around the world, deeming this stone a miraculous phenomenon.

Type IIa diamonds are the most chemically pure and are characterized by their exceptional transparency. These stones are incredibly rare gems of the diamond family and have no traces of the colorant nitrogen. The absence of this element gives the stone a purity of color that is observed only in the finest stones originating from the fabled mines of Golconda, Brazil and South Africa.

The shape of the stone, the emerald-cut, is one of the oldest diamond shapes with stylistic origins tracing back to the 1500s. During the Art Deco movement in the 1920s, the cut was modernized based off a shape initially created for emeralds, thus the name, and the style rose to popularity. Today, the sleek look of an emerald-cut diamond, with its elongated, step-cut facets, is admired all over the world.

Strong Digital Engagement in 2020
For the first part of the year, Christie’s has witnessed unprecedented engagement from clients participating in online sales from over 150 countries with new registrants as high as 80% for select sales. In particular, strong results were achieved for Jewels Online sales with sell-through rates ranging from 89% through 99% with overall sale totals achieving double their pre-sale estimates.

Recent Jewels Online results:
Jewels (February 5-13): totaled $2,436,375, with 93% sold by lot and 173% against the pre-sale low estimate. The top lot was a pair of Graff Ruby and Diamond Hoop Earrings that realized $187,500 against a low estimate of $8,000; a new record for a lot sold in a Christie’s Jewels Online sale.
Jewels (April 13-24): totaled $1,352,125, with 99% sold by lot and 191% against the pre-sale low estimate. Global participation from 31 countries and five continents with 38.5% new buyers. Unprecedented online engagement across 150 countries with a 99% increase of unique visitors compared to April 2019. The top lot was an Emerald and Diamond ‘Icon’ Necklace by Graff that sold for $52,500, against a low estimate of $10,000.

Jewels (April 28-May 8): totaled HK$10,635,375 / US$1,378,865, achieving the highest total for a Jewels Online sale in Hong Kong, with 89% sold by lot, 138% against the pre-sale low estimate, and global participation from 20 countries. The top lot was a Cartier Diamond Necklace that sold for HK$350,000 / US$70,000, against a low estimate of HK$ 80,000 / US$10,000.Virtual Private Sales Viewing Rooms 

Upcoming Jewels Online Sales:
Complementing the offering of online sales, is the recently launched virtual Private Sales Viewing Room for Jewels. Traditionally a bespoke service for buyers and sellers, a new online viewing room offers the ability to virtually view available property remotely in close detail and confer directly with specialists. Continually refreshed with new property, the Jewels Private Sales Viewing room offers access to some of the most covetable pieces among a range of price points.

June 16-30
July 22-August 6
August 12-26
Additional sales will be announced in the coming weeks including dates for Luxury Week Geneva, New York, and London.

Press Images: Can be downloaded here.

Notes to Editors:
In 2011, Christie’s became the first auction house to create its own integrated online sale platform (Elizabeth Taylor Online totaled $9.5 million).
In 2014, Richard Serra, Pamuk sold for $905,000, the top price for a Christie’s Online-only sale.
In 2019, 64% of all global clients bought or bid online and online-only sales recruited 41% new buyers.
In February 2020, a pair of Graff Ruby and Diamond Hoop Earrings sold in an Online Jewels sale for $187,500 against a low estimate of $8,000; a new record for a lot sold in a Christie’s Jewels Online sale.

About Christie’s

Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. 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 clients and online sales are offered year-round across all categories. Christie’s global presence is spread across a network of international salerooms and 61 representatives and offices. Christies.com provides detailed articles and videos on the objects offered for sale alongside the latest advances in digital viewing tools to make Christie’s accessible to all.

*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.