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With worldwide sales for the year totalling $551,300,000, Sothebys
Jewellery division leads the global auction market in this category. As well as strong results for coloured gemstones and signed jewels, major highlights from 2017 include a world auction record for any diamond or gemstone, with The CTF Pink Star ($71.2m, Hong Kong, 4 April) and a world auction record for earrings, with The Memory of Autumn Leaves and The Dream of Autumn Leaves ($57.4m, Geneva, 15 May).
2017 has been an exceptionally successful year for Jewellery at Sothebys, with all four selling centres Geneva, New York, Hong Kong and London - performing very well. Innovations this year have included the scaling up of our online-only sales, as well as our very successful new Fine Jewels auctions in Geneva, which totalled $8.9 million. We were also very pleased to celebrate the tenth anniversary of our dedicated sales of Noble Jewels in Geneva. David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman, Sothebys Jewellery Division.
SOTHEBYS JEWELLERY DIVISION 2017 HIGHLIGHTS
WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR ANY DIAMOND OR GEMSTONE
THE CTF PINK STAR A Fancy Vivid Pink diamond 59.60 carats Internally Flawless Sold on 4 April at Sothebys Hong Kong $ 71,175,926 ($1,194,226 per carat)
WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR EARRINGS $57,425,478
The Memory of Autumn Leaves Fancy Vivid Blue diamond 14.54 carats Internally Flawless Sold on 16 May at Sothebys Geneva $42,087,302 ($2,894,587 per carat)
The Dream of Autumn Leaves Fancy Intense Pink diamond 16 carats Sold on 16 May at Sothebys Geneva $15,338,176 ($958,636 per carat)
WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR A FANCY LIGHT PINK DIAMOND
Fancy Light Pink diamond, Type IIa 33.63 carats Harry Winston Sold on 15 November at Sothebys Geneva $12,818,240 ($381,155 per carat)
WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR A FANCY INTENSE PURPLISH-PINK DIAMOND
Fancy Intense Purplish-Pink diamond 7.04 carats Piaget Sold on 16 May at Sothebys Geneva $13,245,750 ($1,881,499 per carat)
Fancy Vivid Blue diamond 5.69 carats Sold on 5 December at Sothebys New York $15,130,800 ($2,659,192 per carat)
Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen Silver Bow Choker Sold on 4 December at Sothebys New York The Personal Archive of Shaun Leane Total $2.6 million
Burmese Ruby and Diamond ring, Bhagat 13.26 carats Sold on 3 October at Sothebys Hong Kong $10,452,800 ($788,295 per carat)
SOTHEBYS JEWELLERY AUCTIONS IN 2017 FACTS & FIGURES
Participation from 103 countries
32% of buyers were bidding with Sothebys for the first time
23% of lots were sold to online buyers
5,495 lots offered across four selling locations
The most expensive jewellery lot bought online was a 12.81-carat diamond ring, which sold during the Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction in Geneva on 16 May for $1,219,011
Sothebys final Jewellery sale of the year was held in Geneva on 14 December and totalled CHF 3,551,251 ($3,603,064). Among the highlights of the second Fine Jewels sale of the year in Geneva was a superb 3.39-carat Colombian emerald, mounted as a ring by Meister, which far exceeded the pre-sale estimate to sell for CHF 118,750 ($120,483) (estimate CHF 50,000 70,000 / $50,000 70,000).
A diamond ring weighing 5.83 carats also stood out this evening, achieving close to four times the pre-sale estimate, reaching a final price of CHF 56,350 ($ 57,071) (estimate CHF 12,000-18,000 / $12,100 18,100).
Earlier in the week, Sothebys London Fine Jewels sale on 12 December totalled £4,167,625 ($5,562,946) and was led by an important diamond necklace, Van Cleef & Arpels, 1950s which soared to £489,000 ($652,717), well above estimate (£270,000 - 320,000).
Strong prices were also achieved for 10.13-carat diamond ring, Harry Winston which fetched £112,500 ($150,165 USD), four times the low estimate (est.25,000 - 30,000) and a pair of natural black and pink pearl and diamond rings, André Vassort which sold for £100,000 ($133,480) (est. £6,000 - 8,000).