Christie's New York is holding its first jewelry auction of the fall season on October 16, where a total of 372 lots will be offered and expected to achieve in excess of US$35 million. Highlighting the two-session Magnificent Jewels sale at Christie's Rockefeller Center saleroom will be a trio of diamond jewels weighing more than 50 carats each, as well as a rare double strand of large natural pearls.
"Our spring auction season was our strongest yet at Christie's, with $303.5 million in total jewelry sales and unprecedented global participation. In anticipation of a continued strong market this autumn, our team of jewelry specialists has spent the summer months gathering the finest gems to match current collecting tastes, including top-quality diamonds, natural pearls, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, rare vintage jewels, and highly-coveted contemporary creations from the best designers," says Rahul Kadakia, Head of Jewelry for Christie's Americas and Switzerland.
The New York sale's top lot is a pair of diamond ear pendants, with a pear-shaped fancy yellow diamond of 52.78 carats and a pear-shaped white diamond of 50.31 carats mounted in yellow and white gold and surmounted by circular-cut fancy yellow and white diamonds. Their pre-sale estimate is US$4.5-6.5 million.
Other highlights include a pear-shaped D-color flawless diamond of 50.52 carats mounted in platinum (whose pre-sale estimate is available from Christie's upon request); and an oval-cut fancy intense yellow, internally flawless diamond of 68.35 carats with a pre-sale estimate of US$2.2-US$3.2 million.
The auction will also include a rare double-strand natural pearl necklace formed of 120 large-sized individual pearls and more than 130 signed jewels by Buccellati, Bulgari, Cartier, Graff, Marina B., Oscar Heyman & Brothers, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb, Harry Winston and Raymond Yard, among others.
Christie's is also offering a selection of jewels by Marina B, granddaughter of Sottiro Bulgari, and, as a special fundraising item within the sale, a pair of pearl and diamond ear clips by the Indian designer Viren Bhagat