Today, Christie’s has posted the eCatalogue for its Magnificent Jewels sale in New York on October 15th, 2013, kicking off its fall auction season with extraordinary stones, breath-taking diamonds and marvelous jewels.
After the auction house’s record-breaking spring season, the autumn sales have quite a challenge in continuing Christie’s already spectacular year. With a total of 400 lots, Christie’s expects the two-session sale to achieve in excess of $40 million.
The number of fine diamonds, both white and colored, and exceptionally rare sapphires should certainly help. Colored diamonds to keep an eye out for include a rectangular-cut Fancy Intense Pink diamond ring of 8.77 carats, a cushion-cut Fancy Vivid Blue diamond ring of 3.81 carats, and a square-cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond ring of 5.13 carats. Three superb sapphire rings by Cartier, Hemmerle and Van Cleef & Arpels are also noteworthy lots in the sale.
Jewels from the estate of the Honorable Noreen Stonor Drexel of Newport, Rhode Island offer a glittering glimpse into the world of Newport’s fashionable society lifestyle during the 1960s and 1970s. Mrs. Drexel was the descendant of Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, and of Nicholas Brown, the namesake of Brown University. Avid David Webb collectors will greatly enjoy her collection of the esteemed American jewelry designer, offering some of his finest examples ever presented at auction.
For jewelry history buffs, the Magnificent Jewels sale will present the Historic “Mystery-Set” Sapphire, Diamond and Colored Diamond Argentine Flag Brooch, by Van Cleef & Arpels, formerly the property of Eva Perón. Depicting the Argentinean flag with its horizontal tricolor superimposed with a golden sunburst, the brooch is estimated to fetch $300,000 – $500,000. It was presented to Mrs. Perón, the wife of Argetinean leader Juan Peron, in the 1940s and last sold at auction in April 1998 for $992,500 after a fierce bidding war greatly escalated the sale price past its conservative $80,000 – $120,000 estimate.
Other sale highlights include a Cartier necklace of contrasting yellow and blue sapphires with diamonds; an important Art Deco aquamarine, tourmaline, diamond and enamel brooch by Cartier, circa 1927; and jewels from the collection of San Francisco Society maven Diana Dollar Knowles.