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Christie's plans for two auctions next month
The sales are expected to generate over $25 million
By: Diamond World News Service
Sep 22 2009 2:02PM
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Christie's is preparing to host two auction sales - Jewels: The New York Sale & The Annenberg Diamond and the Rare Jewels and Objets d'Art: A Superb Collection, one following the other on October 21, 2009. Rahul Kadakia, Head of Jewelry for Christie’s New York, comments, “We are honored to present such a remarkable breadth of fine gems and superb jewels at Christie’s first major sale of the Fall Season. From period jewels to contemporary designs of the highest caliber, these sales are truly unique in the sheer number of exceedingly rare items offered. When jewels of this quality and exceptional provenance come to auction alongside masterpieces of Art Nouveau and Art Deco design, it is a major event in the global collecting community that is not to be missed.” Over 380 items will be offered during the course of the two sales, which are expected to realise a combined total in excess of $25 million.

Highlights of the New York Sale & The Annenberg Diamond auction

The spotlight of the Jewels: The New York Sale & The Annenberg Diamond auction is the perfect D colour 32.01 carats Flawless Annenberg Diamond, sourced from the collection of American philanthropist late Leonore "Lee" Annenberg. François Curiel, Chairman of Christie’s Europe and International Head of Jewels commented, “The Annenberg Diamond combines the best of the 4 C’s: top colour, perfect clarity, ideal cut, and excellent weight. And if you add to this the impeccable provenance of the Annenberg name, you have one of the finest gems to appear on the market for many years.” The auction will also present an assortment of coloured and colourless diamonds and gemstones in various sizes and settings, including a 21.42 carat, G color diamond ring by Tiffany & Co. (estimate: $500,000-700,000) from the collection of Broadway actress Lillian Booth, a pair of ear pendants featuring an 8.04 carat fancy light pink diamond with pave-set diamond trim for one ear, and a 7.18 carat fancy blue diamond with pink pave-set diamond trim for the other (estimate: $1,000,000-1,500,000) among others; an emerald and diamond necklace by Harry Winston from 1956 (estimate: $500,000-700,000), an Art Deco emerald and diamond bracelet by Cartier, circa 1925 (estimate: $120,000-180,000), a “Panther” bangle bracelet in diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds by Cartier (estimate: $150,000-250,000), and a diamond bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels (estimate: $80,000- 120,000).

Highlights of Objets d'Art: A Superb Collection auction

This is the second auction planned for October 21, and will feature over 200 vintage jewels and special creations from the design baskets of Black, Starr & Frost, Boucheron, Cartier, Fabergé, Rubel Frères, René Lalique, Van Cleef & Arpels, Verger Frères, and Harry Winston, and more. Some rare pieces include the Art Deco “Mystery” Clock by Cartier from circa 1928 (estimate: $500,000-700,000), an Art Deco rock crystal, onyx, diamond and lapis lazuli fountain desk clock by Lacloche Frères (estimate: $300,000-500,000), an Art Deco multi-gem and diamond “Gazelle” desk clock, by Ostertag (estimate: $300,000-500,000), the Taj Mahal Emerald circa 1630-1650 (estimate: $800,000-1,200,000), the Blue Venus (estimate: $300,000-500,000), some Art Nouveau designs including ‘Thistle Jewels’ – a diamond and star sapphires bracelet and necklace, by René Lalique( estimate: $400,000-600,000), the diamond and multi-gem “Wave” bracelet by Rubel Frères, circa 1925, (estimate: $500,000 - $700,000).

A selection of highlights from Jewels: The New York Sale & The Annenberg Diamond and Rare Jewels & Objets d’Art: A Superb Collection will be previewed at Christie’s locations in London, Hong Kong, and Los Angeles prior to the sale in New York.

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