The Christie's Jewels: The London Sale saw a good turnout of buyers and buying interest. The sale realised $6.6 million, and sold 79 percent of the lots that were offered. According to the auction house, amongst the wide variety of mid-ninth to the 21st century being presented with other jewels, fine-quality diamonds, natural pearls and signed jewels caught more of the buyer attention.
The sale’s top lot was a 14.85-carat, rectangular-cut D, VS1 diamond ring by Bulgari, bought for around $1.1 million, or $73,800 per carat. The Belle Epoque aquamarine necklace by Koch, realised five times its presale estimate, denoting the positivity in buying sentiments.
The lots from the Cartier section as always did well. There was a whimsical squirrel brooch being bought for $36,346 (presale estimate of $6,543 to $7,270), while a 7.07-carat, E, VS2 diamond ring by Cartier sold for $487,326. Also, a pair of heart-shaped, diamond ear studs by Boucheron sold for $331,266.