Magnificent Jewels. Magnificent Record

Yesterday, at the annual auction of Christie’s in Geneva, The Winston Pink Legacy has been the protagonist. With a record-breaking final price of 44,423,358 €

  • The Winston pink legacy

    The Winston pink legacy

Over four thousand guests came yesterday to the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues to attend the annual Christie's Magnificent Jewels auction. An event that has seen on the stage and to award buyers of great brands but especially private collectors pieces of rare beauty and importance, starting from The Winston Pink Legacy, the largest and finest fancy vivid pink diamond ever beaten by the house. Already become legend as well as for its 18.96 carats also for the record-breaking final price, the highest carat for a pink diamond: 50.375.000 CHF, ie 44.423.358 €. Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s International Head of Jewellery, commented: “This exceptional diamond captured the imagination of international collectors across the globe, with over 30,000 people visiting Christie’s sale previews to see this remarkable stone. It has taken its rightful place among the world’s greatest diamonds, setting a world auction record per carat.” Great satisfaction, and could not be otherwise, even for the seller of this rarity, as reported  by the art adviser Joseph Friedman: “My client is extremely pleased with the result and Christie’s expert handling of every aspect of the auction. She is especially pleased that so many people were able to view THE WINSTON PINK LEGACY diamond when it travelled on exhibition to London, Hong Kong, and New York, ahead of the auction in Geneva.” But who won it? Harry Winston, Swatch Group, whose President and CEO, Nayla Hayek said: “We are proud to continue in the Winston tradition of acquiring the finest gems in the world and tonight THE WINSTON PINK LEGACY joins our incredible legacy collection, which began with the acquisition of the 101 carat, D Flawless, Winston Legacy diamond at Christie’s in 2013.”

  • multi-gem bouquet of violets brooch by jar

    multi-gem bouquet of violets brooch by jar

  • 20th century steel and diamond tiara by Cartier

    20th century steel and diamond tiara by Cartier

  • The Dodge Pearl necklace by Cartier

    The Dodge Pearl necklace by Cartier

Good performances also for the signed jewels, led by an Art Deco Egyptian revival sautoir, by Van Cleef & Arpels, 1924, which achieved €3,820,629 and a rare early 20th century steel and diamond tiara by Cartier, which realised €434,336. The four exceptional jewels by JAR saw collectors compete for these sought-after pieces, led by a spectacular multi-gem bouquet of violets brooch, created in 1993, which sold for € 645,958. Strong prices also for natural pearls, with an important natural pearl necklace selling for CHF1,152,500 (€1,016,336), against its estimate of CHF240,000-340,000. On show and sold, also The Dodge Pearl necklace by Cartier, steeped in the history of one of America’s greatest entrepreneurial families of the 20th century, founders of Dodge Motor Car Company, and were purportedly formerly in the collection of Empress Catherine II of Russia. At the end of the day, this is the result: 259 lots sold on 302 offered, for the extraordinary ammount of 97,192,796 €.

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