Photograph of Betsy Bloomingdale, circa 1960, by Jerome Zerbe, reproduction courtesy of Yale University.
New York—The auctions of Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style, concluding on April 6, 2017, achieved a combined total of $6,471,875, nearly doubling initial estimates and selling 94% by lot.
The Collection of Betsy Bloomingdale was sold across three sales, with a selection of fine jewelry offered in the Magnificent Jewels auction on December 7, 2016, a dedicated auction, Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style on April 5, 2017, and an accompanying online auction from March 30-April 6, 2017. Across the sales series there was active participation with registered bidders coming from 22 countries. There was active online participation via Christie’s LIVE and throughout the online sale, with 100% of the works offered in the Online auction sold.
The top lot offered from the collection was A Diamond Ring by Harry Winston, which sold for $1,927,500 in the December sale of Magnificent Jewels. Leading the dedicated auction, Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style, was A Chinese Doucai Large Jardinere, 18th-19th Century, which realized $295,000 against a high estimate of $25,000.
Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2017 that totalled £5.1 billion / $6.6 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.