The sale on everyone’s lips last week was Leslie Hindman‘s Hassenfeld auction, which brought in an astounding $3.5 million. Outperforming presale estimates by a significant amount, the 250-lot sale got the season off to a successful start.
By far the most exquisite piece in the sale was an Art Deco emerald, diamond and onyx lapel watch pendant by Cartier, which blew past the high estimate of $150,000 and sold for a staggering $473,000. However, the remarkable jewel was not the top lot of the sale (it was the second). A 9.12-carat pear-shaped diamond ring by Harry Winston reeled in $515,000 to take the title.
One of the most unique pieces in the sale (and perhaps of the year) was a pair of green beryl and gray chalcedony dress clips by Suzanne Belperron, leaving little doubt of the market’s appreciation for great jewels by the pioneering French designer. Known for her brazen creations at the time, Belperron’s work endures today for its groundbreaking aesthetic and unfussy beauty that transcends time. The breathtaking clips sold for $197,000, nearly four times the high estimate.
The other jewels in the Belperron suite, which were all sold in separate lots, also saw prices soar above their respective estimates of $7,000-9,000: the carved amethyst and green beryl ring fetched $55,000; the aquamarine and green beryl earclips realized $45,000; and the aquamarine and green beryl double strand necklace sold for $37,500.
Additional noteworthy results from the sale include:
- An 11.31-carat Colombian emerald and diamond ring by Harry Winston realized a total of $149,000.
- A colored diamond and diamond butterfly brooch fetched $100,000, almost five times its high estimate.
- A pair of yellow diamond and diamond earclips by Van Cleef & Arpels sold for $100,000.
- A vintage sapphire bracelet by Seaman Schepps reeled in $62,500
- An agate “Maize” demi-parure by Angela Cummings brought in $40,000, far above the $12,000 high estimate.