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Event Date8 December 10:00 AM EST | Live auction 19932

Magnificent Jewels

New York
Magnificent Jewels

Sale Overview

The New York December Magnificent Jewels sale offers an elegant curation of over 200 lots, highlighted by renowned private collections, noteworthy diamonds and colored gemstones, and an impressive assemblage of important signed jewels by makers including Aldo Cipullo, Asprey, Bulgari, Cartier, Carvin French, Chanel, Chopard, Graff, Harry Winston, Jean Schlumberger, Marchak, Marcus & Co., Mauboussin, Oscar Heyman & Brothers, Paul Flato, Suzanne Belperron, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, and Verdura.  This sale presents an array of prominent private collections, curated over time with preference for top quality diamonds and colored stones, and remarkable signed jewels.  Further highlights include diamond necklaces worn at the 71st and 72nd Academy Awards by Sophia Loren and Hilary Swank, respectively, and a historic 17th century emerald bead rosary, previously belonging to the Saxon Royal Family.  Rounding out the sale are contemporary jewels by leading houses such as Etcetera and JAR.

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Viewing is open to the public by appointment from 3-7 December.  Please click here to schedule an appointment or for more information, contact usjewels@christies.com or +1 212 636 2300.

Christmas / Holiday Shipping Notice 

To be able to ship your property in advance of the holidays, payment for property and/or shipping must be received by on Friday, 3 December for any domestic road shuttles or international airfreight shipments and Thursday, 16 December for any domestic or international courier shipments. Please note that Christie’s is not responsible for delays in international shipments due to customs and export licenses.

Auction times
08 Dec 10:00 AM (EST) Lots 1-229

Our specialist’s selection

Brought to you by

Daphne Lingon

Daphne Lingon

Head of Jewellery Department, Americas | Jewellery

Daphne Lingon began her jewelry career at Christie’s East in 1993 and in 2017, Ms. Lingon was named head of the jewelry department at Christie’s Americas. Her department in New York hosts three Magnificent Jewels sales and five Jewels Online sales a year.

Ms. Lingon’s sale highlights include jewelry belonging to Ellen Barkin, the Blair Family Collection, Doris Duke, Noreen Stonor Drexel, Margaret Adderley Kelly, Peggy and David Rockefeller and the Rothschild Family, amongst others. In 2011, she was instrumental in the sale of jewelry from The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, which sold for a world-record price of $144.1m, the highest total ever achieved for a single owner collection of jewelry. In June 2019, the Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence sale realized $109.3 million, the highest total for any auction of Indian Art and Mughal Jeweled Objects. In December 2019, Ms. Lingon assisted the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with the sale of two significant pieces to benefit future acquisitions. Formerly from the collection of Mrs. Jessie Ball Dupont, the “Dupont Emerald” sold for $1.64 million and “Dupont Ruby” realized $8.96 million.

Widely interviewed about the international jewelry market, Ms. Lingon has appeared in numerous publications such as Elle Décor, W Magazine, The Financial Times, Town & Country and The New York Times, as well as on national and regional television programs including CBS Sunday Morning and panel discussions hosted by Stellene Volandes for The 92nd Street Y. She is a frequent lecturer and has appeared at the Bruce Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, The Georgia Historical Society, GIA Alumni Association, Museum of the City of New York, New York School of Interior Design and Winterthur.

A native of Ann Arbor, MI, Ms. Lingon graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Denison University with a B.A. in History and Asian Studies and earned a Graduate Gemology (G.G.) certificate from the Gemological Institute of America.

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