Christie’s breaks a record in Asia


Christie’s Hong Kong Sets Asia’s Jewelry Auction Record

By Melissa Rose Bernardo, Managing Editor JCK
Posted on November 26, 2013
Christie’s Hong Kong Sets Asia’s Jewelry Auction Record

Another big Burmese ruby sale: This Burmese ruby and diamond Flora necklace by Bulgari earned $3.79 million.

On Nov. 26, Christie’s Hong Kong sold $111,337,808 million in jewelry—the highest-ever total for a jewelry auction in Asia.

With 309 lots offered, the fall Magnificent Jewels sale sold 86 percent by lot and 91 percent by value. Four pieces broke the $5 million mark, and 27 earned more than $1 million.

Vickie Sek, director of the Jewelry and Jadeite Department at Christie’s Asia, said in a statement: “Asian clients bid competitively with collectors from all over the world and helped achieve world-record prices for a ruby necklace, an orangey pink diamond, and a pair of natural pearl ear pendants.”

Here’s a glimpse of the top 5 sellers:

A circular-cut D flawless 104.84 cts. t.w. diamond necklace (above); sale price: $8,144,064

87.78 cts. t.w. Burmese ruby and diamond necklace (above); sale price: $6,402,240

Oval-shape 13.21 ct. Burmese ruby ring (above); sale price: $5,966,784

D internally flawless fringe necklace by Harry Winston (above); sale price: $5,095,872

Oval-shape 12.85 ct. fancy intense orangey pink diamond (above); sale price: $4,950,720—a world record price for an orangey pink diamond, plus a world record price per carat ($385,000) for an orangey pink diamond


(All photos: Christie’s Images LTD. 2011)


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