Auction Records

Auction Records

Highest total ever for a jewelry auction: $160,914,902
Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels – May 12, 2015
(previous record holder: Christie’s Geneva, May 14, 2014 – $154,193,622)

Total price for any gem: $46,158,674
24.78 ct Fancy Intense pink diamond, Sotheby’s Geneva, November 16, 2010
*The Pink Star (or Pink Dream, formerly the Steinmetz Pink), a 59.60 ct IF Fancy Vivid pink diamond, sold at Sotheby’s Geneva on November 13, 2013 for $83.2 million. The buyer, Isaac Wolf, defaulted on the payment of the stone, which has now been added to Sotheby’s inventory.

Per-carat price for any gem: $3,348,205
9.75 ct Fancy Vivid blue diamond, Sotheby’s New York, November 20, 2014 (“The Zoe Diamond” – formerly belonging to Mrs. Paul Mellon)

Diamonds

Largest diamond ever sold at auction: 118.28 carats
Oval-cut, D Flawless Type IIa ($30,600,000), Sotheby’s Hong Kong, October 7, 2013

Total price for a Golconda diamond: $39,323,750
34.65 Fancy Intense pink, VS2, Golconda, Christie’s New York, April 16, 2013 (the “Princie”)

Total price for a colorless diamond: $30,680,000
118.28 ct D-IF, Type IIa, Sotheby’s Hong Kong, October 7, 2013

Per-carat price for a colorless diamond: $282,545
76.02 ct D-IF, Christie’s Geneva, November 13, 2012 (the “Archduke Joseph”)

Total price for a pink diamond: $46,158,674
24.78 ct Fancy Intense pink, Sotheby’s Geneva, November 16, 2010

Per-carat price for a pink diamond: $2,155,332
5 ct Fancy Vivid pink, Christie’s Hong Kong, December 1, 2010 (the “Vivid Pink”)

Total price for a blue diamond: $32,645,000
9.75 ct Fancy Vivid blue diamond, Sotheby’s New York, November 20, 2014 (“The Zoe Diamond” – formerly belonging to Mrs. Paul Mellon)

Per-carat price for a blue diamond: $3,348,205
9.75 ct Fancy Vivid blue diamond, Sotheby’s New York, November 20, 2014 (“The Zoe Diamond” – formerly belonging to Mrs. Paul Mellon)

Total price for a yellow diamond: $16,347,847
100.09 ct Fancy Vivid yellow VVS1, Sotheby’s Geneva, May 13, 2014 (the “Graff Vivid Yellow”)

Per-carat price for a yellow diamond: $367,366
2.62 ct Fancy Vivid yellow, VVS1, in a ring by Bulgari ($962,500), Christie’s New York, December 13, 2011

Total price for a red diamond: $3,251,625
1.92 ct Fancy red, VS2, Christie’s Geneva, May 15, 2013

Precious Gemstones

Total price for a ruby: $30,335,698
25.59 ct Mogok Burmese ruby and diamond ring, by Cartier – Sotheby’s Geneva, May 12, 2015
(previous record holder: 8.62 ct Mogok Burmese, Sotheby’s Geneva, November 12, 2014 (The “Graff Ruby”) – $8,600,410)

Per-carat price for a ruby: $1,185,451
25.59 ct Mogok Burmese ruby and diamond ring, by Cartier – Sotheby’s Geneva, May 12, 2015
(previous record holder: 8.62 ct Mogok Burmese, Sotheby’s Geneva, November 12, 2014 (The “Graff Ruby”) – $997,727 per ct)

Total price for a sapphire: $17,305,996
392.52 ct Ceylon, Christie’s Geneva, November 11, 2014 (The Blue Belle of Asia)

Per-carat price for a sapphire: $240,381
10.33 ct Kashmir sapphire ($2,483,136), Christie’s Hong Kong, June 2, 2015
(previous record holder: 27.54 ct Kashmir ($5,984,474), Sotheby’s Geneva, November 12, 2014 – $217,301 per ct)

Total price for a Kashmir sapphire: $7,357,999
35.09 ct Kashmir sapphire ring, Christie’s Geneva, May 13, 2015
(previous record holder: 30.23 ct Kashmir sapphire and diamond brooch, by Cartier, Sotheby’s Geneva, May 12, 2015 – $6,161,637)
(previous record holder: A pair, 26.66 ct and 20.88 ct Kashmir, Sotheby’s Geneva, November 13, 2013 (“Richelieu Sapphires”) – $8,358,520 for a pair)

Total price for a Burmese sapphire: $7,137,821
114.73 ct Burmese, Sotheby’s Geneva, November 13, 2013

Total price for a Ceylon sapphire: $17,305,996
392.52 ct Ceylon, Christie’s Geneva, November 11, 2014 (The Blue Belle of Asia)

Total price for a pink sapphire: $2,037,123
49.04 ct Ceylon, Christie’s Geneva, May 14, 2014

Total price for an emerald: $6,578,500
23.46 ct Colombian, Christie’s New York, December 13, 2011 (Elizabeth Taylor sale)

Per-carat price for an emerald: $280,000
23.46 ct Colombian, Christie’s New York, December 13, 2011 (Elizabeth Taylor sale)

Total price for an alexandrite: $1,495,395
21.41 ct Russian, Christie’s Geneva, May 14, 2014

Total price for a natural pearl jewel: $11,842,500
La Peregrina, Christie’s New York, December 14, 2011 (Elizabeth Taylor sale)

Total price for a single strand natural pearl necklace: $8,457,945
Natural pearl necklace measuring from 13.7 to 10.4 mm, Christie’s Geneva, May 15, 2013

Total price for a two-strand natural pearl necklace: $7,003,519
Natural pearl and diamond necklace, Sotheby’s Geneva, May 12, 2015

Total price for a natural colored pearl necklace: $5,093,000
A four-strand natural colored pearl necklace measuring from 12.65 to 4.90 mm, Christie’s New York, April 14, 2015

Total price for a conch pearl jewel: $3,461,146
Conch pearl, enamel and diamond bracelet, Cartier, late 1920s, Sotheby’s Geneva, November 14, 2012

Total price for a jadeite jewel: $27,441,026
Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Bead Necklace, Cartier, Sotheby’s Hong Kong, April 7, 2014

Signed Jewels

Total price for a Cartier jewel: $30,335,698
25.59 ct Mogok Burmese ruby and diamond ring, by Cartier – Sotheby’s Geneva, May 12, 2015

(previous record holder: Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Bead Necklace, Sotheby’s Hong Kong, April 7, 2014 – $27,441,026)

Total price for an Art Deco ‘Tutti Frutti’ bracelet by Cartier: $2,045,000
An Art Deco diamond, jadeite, and gem-set “Tutti Frutti” bracelet, by Cartier.
Christie’s New York, December 10, 2013

Total price for a Van Cleef & Arpels jewel: $10,555,778
The Walska Briolette Diamond Brooch, Sotheby’s Geneva, November 13, 2013

Total price for a JAR jewel: $4,323,240
A ruby Camellia brooch, by JAR, 2003, Christie’s Geneva, May 14, 2012 (Lily Safra sale)

Total price for a Bulgari jewel: $6,578,500
23.46 ct Colombian emerald and diamond brooch, by Bulgari
Christie’s New York, December 13, 2011 (Elizabeth Taylor sale)

Total price for a Bulgari snake/Serpenti jewel: $1,107,038
A rare enamel and diamond snake wristwatch, by Bulgari, circa 1965
Christie’s London, June 4, 2014

Misc. Jewels

Total price for an Indian jewel: $8,818,500
The Taj Mahal Diamond, Christie’s New York, December 14, 2011 (Elizabeth Taylor sale)

 

 

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