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The Perfect 100.02-Carat Diamond Sells for $22 Million at Sotheby’s

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Sotheby’s New York is celebrating today after a hugely successful Magnificent Jewels sale that brought in $65 million, setting a new record total for a jewelry auction for the company’s New York salesroom. With nearly 80% sold by lot and 84.4% sold by value, the sale saw a total of 10 lots achieve prices over a million.

100-carat perfect Diamond, Sotheby’s, London, UK 10 Feb 2015.

The Perfect 100-carat Diamond sold for $22 million at Sotheby’s New York

Giving the sale total an overwhelming boost was the headline-grabbing 100.02-carat ‘Perfect’ diamond, which sold for $22,090,000 ($220,459 per carat). The D, Internally Flawless, Type IIa emerald-cut stone was the sixth diamond weighing more than 100 carats to be sold at auction, and the fifth to be sold by Sotheby’s. Moreover, the magnificent gem is also the largest perfect diamond with a classic Emerald-cut ever sold at auction; the first 100+ carat perfect diamond sold at auction in New York; and the highest price for any colorless diamond auctioned in New York.

Lisa Hubbard, Chairman, North & South America, Sotheby’s International Jewelry Division, commented:“This diamond is exceptional in every sense of the word, and we were thrilled to see it achieve such a strong result.”

A 22.30-carat oval-shaped diamond brought in $3.3 million

A 22.30-carat oval-shaped diamond brought in $3.3 million

Another perfect diamond (a 22.30-carat oval-shaped D, IF, Type IIa), though a fraction of the size, sold to an online bidder for $3.3 million while a 6.24-carat pear-shaped Fancy Purplish Pink diamond ring, flanked by two cushion-cut Kashmir sapphires, achieved $2.4 million.

Elegant and Rare Platinum, Emerald, Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli and Diamond Pendant-Necklace, Designed by Charles Jacqueau for Cartier, Paris

The Baron de Rothschild Necklace – An Elegant and Rare Platinum, Emerald, Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli and Diamond Pendant-Necklace, Designed by Charles Jacqueau for Cartier, Paris – sold for $2.6 million. 

The auction catalogue’s cover star, the Baron de Rothschild necklace by Cartier, reeled in a whopping $2.6 million with the winning bid coming from an Asian private collector. In 1924, Baron Eugene de Rothschild purchased the Art Deco Mughal Empire-style necklace from Cartier as gift for his new American wife Catherine.

The Flagler Emerald fetched $2.77 million

The Flagler Emerald fetched $2.77 million

 

Additional highlights from the sale include:

  • The Flagler Emerald – a 35.02-carat Classic Colombian emerald formerly belonging to the wife of Henry Flagler – brought in $2.8 million.
  • A 17-carat Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond Brooch, by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., circa 1960 – the brooch was formerly in the collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon – sold to an online bidder for $1 million.
Bunny Mellon's Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond brooch, by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., circa 1960, sold for $1,030,000

Bunny Mellon’s Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond brooch, by Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., circa 1960, sold for $1,030,000

Iconic Platinum, Emerald, Ruby, Diamond and Enamel 'Tutti Frutti' Bracelet, Cartier, New York

An Iconic Platinum, Emerald, Ruby, Diamond and Enamel ‘Tutti Frutti’ Bracelet, Cartier, New York, sold for $1.63 million

 

 

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    Phaedra
    April 22, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    super super wow!!!!! that is a superb diamond! i am so amazed that i am speechless and breathless. haha

    a work of art by mother nature cut by human hands. it’s 100.02 carats and it is emerald-cut, the most beautiful diamond i’ve ever seen! oh my god, i am having a heart attack!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥

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