RESULTS: CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK MAGNIFICENT JEWELS ACHIEVES US$66.6 MILLION

New York

  • Christie’s Americas Jewelry totals $188 million for 2014
  • Global participation with Auction Registrants from Asia, Middle East, Russia, United Kingdom, and United States
  • A pair of pear-shaped fancy light yellow diamond ear pendants of 52.88 and 51.46 carats double pre-sale estimate at US$5.4 million
  • A Burmese ruby ring of 5.25 carats, by Harry Winston more than triples low estimate at US$1.7 million

New York – Christie’s New York sale of Magnificent Jewels totaled $66,636,375, selling 75% by lot and 85% by value, bringing the 2014 total for Christie’s Americas Jewelry to US$188 million. The top lot of the auction was a pear-shaped D-color diamond of 89.23 carats, which sold for US$11.1 million.

Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Christie’s Jewelry, commented: “With over US$740m in global jewelry auction sales, Christie’s Jewelry department is celebrating 21 years as the auction market leader and we look forward to continued success in the New Year.”

*Note to editors

The complete report of Christie’s Jewelry worldwide year-end total will follow in January 2015.

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