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  • 29 October 2019

Release | Christie's announces Magnificent Jewels, New York, December 11, 2019

(From left to right) PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR, FANCY VIVID BLUE DIAMOND RING OF 3.07 CARATS, VVS1 CLARITY, TYPE IIb, Estimate: $3,000,000-4,000,000; PROPERTY OF THE VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, SOLD TO BENEFIT FUTURE ACQUISITIONS, 'THE DUPONT RUBY' BURMESE RUBY, EMERALD, DIAMOND AND NATURAL PEARL BROOCH OF 11.20 CARATS, Estimate: $3,500,000-5,500,000; PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED, NEW YORK ESTATE, BELLE ÉPOQUE KASHMIR SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING OF 30.14 CARATS, Estimate: $3,500,000-5,500,000

New York – Christie’s New York announces the December 11 auction of Magnificent Jewels and the concurrent Jewels Online auction from December 2 to 12/13, which together present over 1,000 lots. The live ­auction will offer over 450 lots featuring a notable selection of colored diamonds, colorless diamonds, and gemstones, alongside important signed pieces by Suzanne Belperron, René Boivin, Bulgari, Cartier, Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Leading the auction are two lots offered from The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Sold to Benefit Future Acquisitions including ‘The duPont Ruby,’ Burmese ruby, emerald, diamond, and natural pearl brooch of 11.20 carats ($3,500,000-5,500,000); and ‘The duPont Emerald,’ Belle Époque Colombian emerald and diamond ring of 9.11 carats, Tiffany & Co. ($500,000-700,000), both formerly from the collection of Mrs. Alfred I. duPont. Among other top lots is a superb fancy vivid blue diamond ring of 3.07 carats, VVS1 clarity ($3,000,000-4,000,000); a diamond ring of 24.13 carats, D color, flawless clarity ($2,000,000-3,000,000); a diamond ring of 23.55 carats, D color, potentially internally flawless, by Harry Winston ($2,000,000-3,000,000); and a Belle Époque Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring of 30.14 carats ($3,500,000-5,500,000) from a Distinguished New York Estate that has been passed down through three generations.

 

This season’s sale distinctively features an array of notable private collections including Property from the Rothschild Family Including the Late Baroness Edouard de Rothschild and the Late Jacqueline de Rothschild Piatigorsky, which offers a selection of 48 lots featuring exceptional Art Deco examples by Cartier including a diamond bracelet ($500,000-700,000) alongside jeweled objects and accessories. Property from the Collection of Judith-Ann Corrente presents 28 elegant and impressive signed jewels comprising important designs by Belperron, Boivin, Fouquet, René Lalique, and an Art Deco diamond sautoir by Van Cleef & Arpels ($500,000-700,000). Additionally, featured is a dedicated section titled An Impeccable Eye: Giuliano Jewels from a New York Private Collection comprised of important Renaissance revival jewels of the late 19th century, a selection of ten lots from The Collection of Marion Oates Charles, and three lots from The Collection of Deeda Blair, sold to benefit the Deeda Blair Research Initiative Fund for Disorders of the Brain.

Rounding out the sale are contemporary jewels by leading houses such as JAR and Taffin. Specially featured are a unique pair of diamond and ruby ‘Beats Pro’ headphones by Graff ($100,000-150,000), created for performers of Super Bowl XLVI, worn by LMFAO, Madonna, and Lil’ Wayne. Set with over 1,500 diamonds weighing over 120 carats and 28 rubies comprising 3.35 carats, this one-of-a-kind collaboration piece is offered for the first time at auction.

The Jewels Online sale will take place from December 2 to 12/13 presenting over 600 jewels comprising designs by Bulgari, David Webb, Dior, Cartier, JAR, Janeisch, Verdura, among others. The full exhibition will be held at Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Center Galleries Friday, December 6 – Tuesday, December 10 with a highlights tour in Los Angeles (October 30-31), Geneva (November 8-11), and Hong Kong (November 22-25).

 

GLOBAL HIGHLIGHTS TOUR:

  • Los Angeles: 30-31 October | Christie’s Los Angeles, 336 N Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
  • Geneva: 8-11 November | Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, 33 Quai des Bergues
  • Hong Kong: 22-25 November | Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Grand Hall, No. 1 Expo Drive

NEW YORK, ROCKEFELLER CENTER PUBLIC VIEWING TIMES:

  • Friday, 6 December: 10AM-6PM
  • Saturday, 7 December: 10AM-6PM
  • Sunday, 8 December: 10AM-6PM
  • Monday, 9 December: 10AM-6PM
  • Tuesday, 10 December: 10AM-5PM

 

BROWSE LOTS IN THE SALE:

 

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in 2019 that totalled £4.5 billion / $5.8 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.