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 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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.