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Sotheby's leads the global auction market for jewellery in 2017
Fancy Light Pink diamond, Type IIa 33.63 carats Harry Winston Sold on 15 November at Sotheby’s Geneva $12,818,240 ($381,155 per carat). Courtesy Sotheby’s.

NEW YORK, NY.- With worldwide sales for the year totalling $551,300,000, Sotheby’s 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 Sotheby’s, 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, Sotheby’s Jewellery Division.



• “THE CTF PINK STAR” A Fancy Vivid Pink diamond 59.60 carats Internally Flawless Sold on 4 April at Sotheby’s Hong Kong $ 71,175,926 ($1,194,226 per carat)

• “The Memory of Autumn Leaves” Fancy Vivid Blue diamond 14.54 carats Internally Flawless Sold on 16 May at Sotheby’s 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 Sotheby’s Geneva $15,338,176 ($958,636 per carat)

• Fancy Light Pink diamond, Type IIa 33.63 carats Harry Winston Sold on 15 November at Sotheby’s Geneva $12,818,240 ($381,155 per carat)

• Fancy Intense Purplish-Pink diamond 7.04 carats Piaget Sold on 16 May at Sotheby’s Geneva $13,245,750 ($1,881,499 per carat)

• Fancy Vivid Blue diamond 5.69 carats Sold on 5 December at Sotheby’s New York $15,130,800 ($2,659,192 per carat)

• Shaun Leane for Alexander McQueen Silver Bow Choker Sold on 4 December at Sotheby’s 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 Sotheby’s Hong Kong $10,452,800 ($788,295 per carat)

• Participation from 103 countries

• 32% of buyers were bidding with Sotheby’s 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

Sotheby’s 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, Sotheby’s 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).

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