At yesterday’s Important Jewels sale at Christie’s London, a number of international private clients gave members of the trade stiff competition as they vied for auction’s top lots. The sale realized just over $14 million with 65% sold by lot and 82% sold by value.
Enigmatic of Bulgari’s colorful, bold jewelry from the 1960s, the sale’s top lot reeled in $879,320 – double the high estimate. The superb emerald, ruby, sapphire and diamond necklace and earring suite featured the Italian house’s signature style of using cabochon stones in vivid colors. The winning bidder was an Asian private client.
Echoing the rising demand for natural pearls, the sale’s second highest earning lot was a pair of natural pearl and diamond ear pendants. The elegant earrings fetched more than double their high estimate with the hammer falling at $587,480. The international trade offered the winning bid for the earrings.
While a number of magnificent jewels garnered plenty of attention, the sale’s pride of wild cats by Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels kept the salesroom roaring with excitement. From panthers to tigers, the highlights include:
- A unique white and blackened gold diamond ‘Panthere’ watch, by Cartier – $441,560
- An onyx and diamond ‘Panthere’ bangle, by Cartier, circa 1978 – $386,840
- A coral, onyx and diamond ‘Panthere’ brooch, by Cartier, circa 1978 – $313,880
- A colored diamond and onyx ‘Tiger’ brooch, by Cartier, circa 1970 – $240,920
- An onyx and colored diamond Tiger brooch, by Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1972 – $131,480
Outside of the animal kingdom, a 8.04-carat Burmese ruby and diamond ring fetched $569,240; a 28.15-carat Burmese sapphire and diamond ring sold for $368,600; a pink sapphire and diamond ‘Zip’ necklace, by Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 2013, brought in $368,600; and a ruby skeletonized wristwatch, by Cartier, circa 1980-82, realized $313,880.