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Egyptian queen’s necklace could fetch $4.6M

A platinum and diamond necklace made in 1939 for Queen Nazli of Egypt will be up for auction at Sotheby’s Dec. 9 sale of Magnificent Jewels in New York.


The Iron Lady’s emerald necklace to hit auction block

The Chaumet Art Deco emerald and diamond necklace could garner as much as $274,000 when it goes up for sale next month as part of Christie’s auction of property from the late Margaret Thatcher.


Blue diamond sale sets multiple records

Now called the “Blue Moon of Josephine,” a blue diamond that sold for $48.5 million Wednesday set a record price for any jewel at auction. 


At $28.5 million, pink diamond sets record

Newly named the “Pink Josephine” and sold Tuesday at Christie’s Geneva, the 16.08-carat stone set a new world auction record price for a vivid pink diamond.


Bonhams to auction world’s largest meteorite carving

Called “Yorick,” the meteorite is carved into the shape of a life-size skull and weighs more than 46 pounds. 


The King’s 24-karat piano goes up for auction

The 24-karat gold leaf grand piano that Elvis Presley played in the music room of his Graceland home could garner up to $700,000 when it goes up on the block next month.


Convicted couple’s jewelry, watches up for grabs

Tranzon Asset Strategies, in association with Tiger Capital Group’s Remarketing Services division, will hold an auction on Oct. 8 featuring more than 300 luxury items once owned by a California couple convicted in a $38 million premium insurance scam.


A 16-carat fancy vivid pink, up for sale

The 16.08-carat cushion-shaped diamond is expected to sell for as much as $28 million at the Christie’s Geneva jewelry auction next month.


Hasbro family jewels play well at auction

Jewelry from the estate of Rita Dee Hassenfeld was sold in Chicago last week, with all top 10 lots exceeding pre-sale high estimates.


The ‘Hope’ raises the auction bar for spinel

The 50.13-carat rose-hued stone sold for $1.5 million at Bonhams Thursday, setting a new per-carat record for a faceted spinel at auction. 


Sotheby’s to auction the 12-carat ‘Blue Moon’

The internally flawless, cushion-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond could sell for as much as $55 million and set a new world record price for a diamond at auction. 


Jewelry auction veteran joins Bonhams

Daniel Struyf now is the international jewelry director at Bonhams, a newly created role that will see him expanding the company’s market share in the jewelry sector.


‘Hope Spinel’ resurfaces after nearly 100 years

The historical 50.13-carat gemstone was once owned by the same family that possessed the Hope Diamond and is expected to sell for more than $300,000 at Bonhams this month.


Rare gray pearl necklace to lead Sotheby’s auction

The auction house will put the Cowdray pearl necklace, a rare gray pearl necklace with historical provenance, up for sale in October in Hong Kong.


Late philanthropist’s jewels go to auction

The Estate of Rita Dee Hassenfeld, who was married to Harold Hassenfeld of Hasbro Industries, includes signed pieces from Cartier, Harry Winston and Belperron.


Jewelry exceeds expectations at Bonhams auction

A diamond rivière necklace and a turn-of-the-century brooch featuring imperial topaz were among the top lots of the auction, held Monday in New York.


Jewels of entrepreneur Margaret Kelly sell for $10M

Christie’s Important Jewels sale, held Tuesday in New York, included jewelry from the personal collection of Margaret Adderley Kelly, who started staffing company Kelly Services with her late husband.


Bonhams kicks off ‘Jewelry in June’

This month, the auction house is providing complimentary jewelry appraisals in the United States and Canada for clients who are interested in consigning items to auction.


‘Sunrise Ruby’ lights up the auction world

The pigeon’s blood red stone sold for $30.3 million, helping make Sotheby’s May 12 sale the highest-grossing jewelry auction in history.


Sotheby’s will try to sell historic pink diamond

The 8.72-carat fancy vivid stone is believed to have belonged to Princess Mathilde, niece of Napoleon Bonaparte.


100-carat diamond sells for $22M at Sotheby’s

The sale of the internally flawless, D color Type IIa diamond marked several auction firsts but still fell slightly short of its highest pre-sale estimate of $25 million.


Pearl necklace sells for a record $5M

The four-strand natural colored pearl necklace was part of Christie’s April 14 sale in New York, which totaled nearly $42 million.


‘Perfect’ 100-carat diamond to lead Sotheby’s sale

The largest “perfect” emerald-cut diamond ever offered at auction is expected to sell for $25 million at Sotheby’s later this month.


Lauren Bacall brings a white-glove sale for Bonhams

Every lot in Bonhams 700-plus piece collection from the estate of the late actress sold in New York Tuesday and Wednesday, with the top jewels including signed Schlumberger designs along with diamond and colored gemstone pieces. 


Colored, colorless diamonds to top Christie’s sale

The April 14 auction of Magnificent Jewels in New York is expected to garner more than $40 million total.


Sotheby’s appoints new jewelry division chairman

Sotheby’s has named David Bennett to the newly created role of worldwide chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewelry Division.


Christie’s gets sued by Elizabeth Taylor’s trust

The Sothern Trust has accused the auction house of cancelling sales from the record-setting sale of the late actress’s jewelry without good reason and not paying the trust for other items that were sold.


At auction, color was king in 2014

Auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s brought the hammer down on more than $1 billion worth of jewels last year. Here’s a look at the lots that were top off the block.


The top 10 lots from Christie’s most recent sale

A pear-shaped, D color, VVS1 diamond weighing 89.23 carats sold for more than $11 million at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale held last Wednesday in New York. 


The top 10 lots from Sotheby’s most recent sale

A platinum-topped gold and diamond necklace presented to writer and socialite Helen Hay on her wedding day topped Sotheby’s auction Tuesday. 


The top 10 lots from the ‘Bunny’ Mellon sale

Leading the sale of jewelry that once belonged to the horticulturist, art collector and philanthropist was a 9.75-carat fancy vivid blue diamond that set two world auction records.


5 jewels that once belonged to Lauren Bacall

When Bonhams New York auctions 700 pieces from the estate of the late Lauren Bacall this spring, it will include more than 30 of her favorite jewels from top brands like Cartier, Chanel and Tiffany & Co. 


Record sale lands famous ruby back in Graff hands

The “Graff ruby,” a stone weighing 8.62 carats that possesses the vivid, desirable hue known as pigeon’s blood, was purchased for a record-breaking $8.6 million at Sotheby’s on Wednesday. 


‘Blue Belle’ rings in record sale for Christie’s

Christie’s recent Magnificent Jewels sale set a new world record for a jewelry auction at $150.2 million, led by a 392.52-carat sapphire that was a record-setter itself. 


Madonna’s earring desperately sought

A buyer paid more than $34,000 for this single earring featuring a plastic pharaoh and imitation turquoise worn by Madonna in the 1985 film “Desperately Seeking Susan.” 


Sotheby’s auctioning more Lauder jewels

Another round of jewels from the collections of the late Estée and Evelyn Lauder are the highlight of Sotheby’s upcoming Magnificent Jewels sale, scheduled for Dec. 9 in New York.


101-carat diamond sells for $5M at Christie’s

A cushion-cut, L color, VS2 diamond weighing 101.36 carats sold for $5 million, or $49,100 per carat, during Christie’s Important Jewels auction held Wednesday.


‘Graff ruby’ expected to sell for $6M-$9M

Sotheby’s anticipates that the 8.62-carat pigeon’s blood “Graff ruby,” one of the finest privately owned rubies in the world, will sell for as much as $9 million at its auction in Geneva next month.


And then there was a lot

Two jewels that once belonged to English crime novelist and playwright Agatha Christie sold for nearly $80,000 at Bonhams Wednesday, well exceeding what the auction house anticipated. 


Sotheby’s Hong Kong sale sets two auction records

A new world auction record for a fancy vivid pink diamond was set at Sotheby’s Tuesday when an 8.41-carat internally flawless fancy vivid purple-pink diamond sold for $17.8 million. 


Diamond lots to top Christie’s October sale

A necklace set with a 81.38-carat rectangular-cut potentially internally flawless diamond is expected to sell for as much as $3.5 million at Christie’s later this month in an auction that will include an online-only portion.  


Marina B’s luxury pieces go up on the block

Nine pieces of jewelry designed by Marina B, the granddaughter of the founder of Bulgari, will be offered at Bonhams this fall, and is expected to fetch more than $1 million. 


Cameo collection triples pre-sale estimate at Bonhams

A collection of rare and historic cameos and intaglios dating back to the 4th century B.C. garnered more than $490,000 in a white-glove sale at Bonhams London Wednesday. 


In NY, Sotheby’s to sell jewels of a Mellon

Jewelry that once belonged to Rachel Lambert Mellon, a horticulturalist and art collector who died earlier this year at the age of 103, will hit the auction block at Sotheby’s in November, including a fancy vivid blue diamond estimated to garner up to $15 million. 


Bonhams selling peridot frog from Wallis Simpson

A diamond brooch and a peridot frog figurine given to Wallis Simpson by her famous love the Duke of Windsor are expected to sell for nearly $16,200 at Bonhams later this month.


‘Most desirable’ pink diamond could sell for $15M

In a year that has seen a number of record-breaking sales of natural colored diamonds, Sotheby’s is offering another exceptional stone: an 8.41-carat internally flawless, fancy vivid purple-pink diamond.   


Designer, actress create ‘Ballerina Butterfly’ jewel

A brooch co-designed by jewelry maker Cindy Chao and actress Sarah Jessica Parker is expected to fetch nearly $1 million when it hits the auction block at Sotheby’s this fall. 


Bonhams auctioning mystery author’s hidden gems

A 19th century diamond brooch and three-stone diamond ring discovered as part of Agatha Christie’s estate by one of the author’s fans will be on the auction block at Bonhams jewelry sale in October. 


Sotheby’s first half jewelry sales up 41 percent

Auction house Sotheby’s reported Friday that net auction sales were up 24 percent to $2.7 billion in the first half of 2014, with jewelry sales climbing substantially in the period. 


Christie’s announces record half-year results

Auction house Christie’s is having a record-setting year so far, announcing a 22 percent increase in total sales and noting its 20th consecutive year of auction market leadership in the jewelry sector. 


Sotheby’s, eBay partner to offer online auctions

Consumers soon will have the ability to more easily bid on art, antiques and collectibles at Sotheby’s auctions, thanks to a recent partnership between the auction house and e-tailer eBay. 


Bonhams to auction cameos from the 4th century BC

The Bonhams Fine Jewellery sale scheduled to take place in London in September features a collection of rare and historic cameos and intaglios dating as far back as the 4th century B.C. 


30-carat yellow diamond sells for $500K

A 30-carat yellow diamond expected to garner up to $2 million sold for only $500,000 at a Canadian auction house on Sunday, possibly due to the fact that it lacked a grading report.


Christie’s conducting online jewelry sale now

Christie’s is selling more than 100 lots of jewelry, watches and evening bags in another online-only auction, which is taking place now through July 1 on its website.


5-carat fancy vivid pink goes for $9.6M

A 5.50-carat fancy vivid pink diamond topped its highest pre-sale estimate by $2 million at Christie’s Tuesday, making it the latest colored diamond to turn in a strong performance at auction.  


Christie’s Hong Kong auction sets two records

Christie’s recent jewelry auction set two world records, though the Golconda diamond necklace expected to fetch as much as $10 million did not sell.  


Aided by big blue, Christie’s sale sets new record

The largest fancy vivid blue diamond in the world sold for $23.8 million at Christie’s Wednesday, pushing the auction total past $150 million and setting a new world auction record for a jewelry sale.


Fancy vivid yellow diamond sells for $16M

Two world auction records were set Tuesday in Geneva when a 100.09-carat cushion-shaped fancy vivid yellow diamond sold for $16.3 million at Sotheby’s.


Golconda diamond necklace could fetch $10M

A necklace featuring two Golconda diamonds could sell for as much as $10 million at Christie’s Hong Kong auction, scheduled for May 27.


Christie’s holding another online-only auction

Christie’s is continuing its online-only sales this month, offering contemporary pieces from Bulgari, Chanel, Cartier, Rolex and Tiffany & Co., among others.


Orangy pink diamond sells for $6M at Sotheby’s

A 15.23-carat fancy intense orangy pink diamond garnered $6.1 million at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale Tuesday in New York, coming in at the low end of its pre-sale estimate.


Circa 1920 pearl pendant garners $3.3M, sets record

Auction house Doyle New York sold a pendant with two matching pearls for $3.3 million Monday, breaking the previous world record for a pair of natural pearls set at Sotheby’s last year.  


13-carat blue diamond expected to fetch $25M

The world’s largest flawless vivid blue diamond is expected to sell for as much as $25 million next month, when the 13.22-carat gem hits the auction block at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale.  


Diamond earrings sell for nearly $9M at Christie’s

A pair of D-color internally flawless diamond earrings sold for $8.6 million at Christie’s Wednesday, missing their highest pre-sale estimate but still garnering enough to top the sale. 


Orangy pink diamond expected to sell for $7M

Sotheby’s anticipates that a 15.23-carat fancy intense orangy pink diamond could garner as much as $7 million at its April 29 sale in New York.  


Buyer pays $185K for Marilyn’s rhinestones

Though she once crooned that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, it didn’t take any of the pricey stones to bring in the big bucks for a pair of clip-on earrings worn by Marilyn Monroe. 


Jadeite necklace sets 2 world auction records

A jadeite bead necklace with a Cartier clasp sold for $27.4 million at Sotheby’s Monday, setting a new world record for any jadeite jewelry and Cartier jewel sold at auction. 


Three diamonds to top Sotheby’s sale

A trio of large stones expected to sell for millions of dollars each are the highlight of Sotheby’s May 13 auction of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels in Geneva. 


Large diamonds highlight Christie’s April sale

A pair of circular-cut D-color internally flawless diamond ear pendants are expected to sell for as much as $10 million at Christie’s April 16 sale of Magnificent Jewels.  


‘Tremendous Trio’ to lead Sotheby’s April sale

Two necklaces that offer diamonds and gemstones in “phenomenal proportions” will join a historical jadeite necklace at Sotheby’s April 7 jewelry auction in Hong Kong. 


Storied jadeite necklace could sell for $12M

The Hutton-Mdivani Necklace, which Sotheby’s calls “the greatest jadeite bead necklace of historical importance,” could fetch as much as $12.8 million at the auction house’s April 7 sale in Hong Kong.


Christie’s announces online-only auction

Christie’s is holding an online-only auction of jewelry beginning Tuesday that will offer pieces by Chopard and Van Cleef & Arpels.


Christie’s top 10 jewels of 2013

Jewelry sales topped $600 million at Christie’s last year, setting a new world record for annual jewelry sales by a single auction house. Read on to review the lots that pushed Christie’s jewelry total over the top in 2013.


Golconda diamond snags $10M at Christie’s

A 52.58-carat, D color internally flawless Golconda diamond sold for $10.9 million at Christie’s on Tuesday.


Diamonds highlight Bonhams sale

A modified pear brilliant-cut type IIa diamond weighing 17.82 carats sold for $2.6 million at Bonhams Wednesday, more than double its pre-sale estimate.


Emerald, diamond pieces top Sotheby’s auction

A 61.35-carat emerald set in a platinum and 18-karat gold ring sold for $4.6 million at Sotheby’s on Wednesday, more than triple its pre-sale high estimate.


Author’s jewelry collection tops $1M

A 14.07-carat cushion-cut G color, VS1 diamond ring from the collection of English author Barbara Taylor Bradford sold for $730,148, making it the top lot of Bonhams sale held Thursday in London.


51-carat fancy vivid yellow to lead Sotheby’s sale

A 51.75-carat fancy vivid yellow diamond flanked by two 6.15-carat triangle-shaped diamonds set in a platinum ring is expected to sell for as much as $3.5 million at Sotheby’s Dec. 11 auction.


Golconda diamond expected to fetch up to $12M

A 52.58-carat D color, internally flawless Golconda diamond is expected to sell for up to $12.5 million at Christie’s New York on Dec. 10.


Bonhams selling Victoria Beckham’s wedding tiara

A gold and diamond tiara worn by singer and fashion designer Victoria Beckham during her wedding to soccer star David Beckham is expected to fetch between $29,000 and $40,000 at Bonhams London. 


Pink diamond sells for $83M, sets auction record

A 59.60-carat fancy vivid pink diamond called the “Pink Star” set a new world auction record price for any diamond, gemstone or jewel at Sotheby’s Geneva Wednesday when it sold for $83.2 million.


'The Orange' fetches $35M at Christie’s

The largest fancy vivid orange diamond in the world at 14.82 carats, “The Orange,” set two world auction records when it sold for $35.5 million at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva Tuesday.


Taylor’s jewelry exceeds auction expectations again

Jewelry once worn by the late Elizabeth Taylor soared past its pre-sale estimates at Julien’s Auctions recent Icons & Idols: Hollywood sale, held Saturday and Sunday in Beverly Hills.


Tiara, pearl lots to top Christie’s London sale

A mid-19th century diamond tiara is expected to sell for nearly $400,000 at Christie’s sale of Important Jewels, slated for Nov. 27 in London.


Sotheby’s to offer Taylor-inspired earrings

A pair of custom-designed Bulgari earrings inspired by the late Elizabeth Taylor and her film Cleopatra are expected to fetch up to $22,000 at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction scheduled for Dec. 11. 


Diamond lots top Bonhams NY sale

Bonhams recent jewelry sale held in New York totaled $6.3 million, with diamond pieces dominating the top 10 lots.


Pink diamond sells for $6.3M at Christie’s

An 8.77-carat rectangular-cut fancy intense pink diamond sold for $6.3 million at Christie’s, making it the top lot of the Magnificent Jewels sale held earlier this week.


Dates set for auction of more Taylor jewelry

Entertainment and music memorabilia auction house Julien’s will offer more than 200 items, including pieces of jewelry, once worn by Elizabeth Taylor at its Icons & Idols: Hollywood sale next month.


Christie’s to auction 14-carat fancy vivid orange

Next month, a diamond known simply as “The Orange” will go up on the block at Christie’s, with buyers expected to pay as much as $20 million for stone.