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Lot 242. The Oppenheimer Blue. A 14.62 ct fancy vivid blue rectangular-cut diamond. Estimation: SFr.38,000,000-45,000,000. Price Realised: SFr.56,837,000 / $57,541,779 / €51,033,942. ($3,935,826 per carat). WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR ANY JEWELPhoto Christie's Image Ltd 2016.

Geneva –The Magnificent jewels sale on 18 May concluded the 48th Christie’s Spring Season with a combined total of SFr.167,185,332/US$169,528,430 and combined sales through rates of 89% by lot. The highlight of the week was the Oppenheimer Blue diamond which sold for SFr.56,837,000/US$57,541,779, setting a new world record for any jewel sold at auction. The exceptional stone was acquired after 25 minutes of bidding.

In addition to the spectacular stone, the Superb Jewels from the collection of H.S.H. Gabriela Princess zu Leiningen realised SFr.22,260,750/US$22,536,783 selling 100% by lot bringing the total of the jewellery auction to SFr.146,818,625/US$148,639,176. 

The Geneva season started on Monday 16 May with the auction of Rare Watches including important private collections which realised SFr.18,397,125 /US$18,838,656, selling 93% by lot and 97% by value. The top lot of the sale was the exceptional Charles-Louis Havas Breguet et Fils pocket watch which sold for SFr.3,245,000/US$3,322,880, becoming the most expensive watch sold during the spring season in Geneva and is the second most expensive Breguet et Fils watch ever sold at auction. 

A day later, on 17th May, the Fine and Rare wine sale fetched SFr.1,969,582/$US2,016,852 selling 89% by lot and 94% by value. The top lot of the auction was lot 91, ten bottles of Petrus 1982 sold SFr.32,900/$US33,690. Bids from 17 different countries were received during the day long auction and 20 % of the bidders were registered on Christie’s LIVE.

MAGNIFICENT JEWELS INCLUDING THE SUPERB JEWELS FROM THE COLLECTION OF H.S.H. GABRIELA PRINCESS ZU LEININGEN

  • RECORD FOR ANY JEWEL SOLD AT AUCTION
  • HIGHEST LOT OF THE GENEVA SPRING SEASON : THE OPPENHEIMER BLUE
  • A TOTAL OF SFr.22.2M/$US22.5M FOR THE SUBERB JEWELS FROM THE COLLECTION OF H.S.H GABRIELA PRINCESS ZU LEININGEN SELLING 100%
  • 507 REGISTRANTS FOR THE SALE
  • THE JEWELLED ELEGANCE COLLECTION REALISED SFr.7.2MILLION SELLING 92% PER LOT

Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Christie's Jewellery Department : "Once again, the Magnificent jewels sale was a great success welcoming clients from all over the world. Selling the Oppenheimer blue diamond was a real priviledge and the result of SFr.56,8M proves that there is still a strong demand for high end quality stones. Provenance is also a key element to success as it was the case for The Superb Jewels from the collection of H.S.H Gabriela Princess zu Leiningen which totaled SFr.22.2M with 100 % of sold lots, highlighted by the Pohl diamond which sold for SFr.4,309,000/US$4,362,432 (US$120,876 per carat)."

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Lot 242. The Oppenheimer Blue. A 14.62 ct fancy vivid blue rectangular-cut diamond. Estimation: SFr.38,000,000-45,000,000. Price Realised: SFr.56,837,000 / $57,541,779 / €51,033,942. ($3,935,826 per carat). WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR ANY JEWEL. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.

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Lot 224. The Oriental Sunrise. A pair of 12.20 ct and 11.96 ct fancy vivid orange-yellow oval-cut diamond earrings. Estimation: SFr.9,500,000-12,500,000. Price Realised: SFr.11,365,000 / $11,505,926 / €10,204,634. ($476,238 per carat). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.

(Cf. my post Magnificent Jewels Including Superb Jewels from the Collection of H.S.H. Gabriela Princess zu Leiningen at Christie's Geneva)

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Lot 234. A pair of intense blue and pink diamond ear pendants. Estimation: SFr.5,400,000-6,400,000. Price Realised: SFr.5,877,000 / $5,949,875 / €5,276,958. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.

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Lot 196. A pair of 3.02 ct and 2.50 ct fancy intense blue diamond ear pendants. Estimation: SFr.3,500,000-5,500,000. Price Realised: SFr.4,757,000 / $4,815,987 / €4,271,310. ($872,000 per carat). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.

(Cf. my post Magnificent Jewels Including Superb Jewels from the Collection of H.S.H. Gabriela Princess zu Leiningen at Christie's Geneva)

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Lot 346. The Pohl Diamond. A 36.09 ct rectangular-cut diamond ring (D/VS1 Pot) by Cartier. Estimate SFr.3,800,000-5,500,000Price Realised: SFr.4,309,000 / $4,362,432 / €3,869,051. ($120,876 per carat). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.

(Cf. my post: Christie's Geneva to offer jewels from the collection of H.S.H Gabriela Princess zu Leiningen)

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Lot 202. A pair of 21.73 ct and 21.32 ct pear-shaped diamond earrings (G/VS1 and VS2)Estimate SFr.2,200,000-2,800,000Price Realised: SFr.3,189,000 / $3,228,544 / €2,863,403. ($74,995 per carat). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.

(Cf. my post: An important pair of 21.73 and 21.32 carats pear-shaped diamond drop earrings)

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Lot 174. A 25.94 ct pear-shaped diamond ring, by Van Cleef & Arpels. Estimate SFr.2,500,000-3,000,000Price Realised: SFr.2,909,000 / $2,945,072 / €2,611,991. ($113,534 per carat). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.

(Cf. my post Magnificent Jewels Including Superb Jewels from the Collection of H.S.H. Gabriela Princess zu Leiningen at Christie's Geneva)

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Lot 345. A 39.70 ct Colombian emerald and diamond necklace, by Cartier. Estimate SFr.2,500,000-3,500,000Price Realised: SFr.2,825,000 / $2,860,030 / €2,536,568. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.

(Cf. my post: Christie's Geneva to offer jewels from the collection of H.S.H Gabriela Princess zu Leiningen)

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Lot 315. A 20.42 ct rectangular-cut diamond ring (D/VS1 Pot) by Boucheron. Estimate SFr.2,000,000-3,000,000Price Realised: SFr.2,285,000 / $2,313,334 / €2,051,702 ($113,287 per carat)Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016.

(Cf. my post: A superb 20.42 carats rectangular-cut Type IIa diamond ring, by Boucheron)