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.