Christie’s Auction blows Sotheby’s Auction out of the water by setting a new world record
Sotheby’s Geneva Show brought in a whopping $141 million dollars from there auction setting the world record for most money made during a jewelry auction. Overnight, Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale on May 14 blew this number out of the water by bringing in an out-of-this-world $154 million. The main attraction at this spectacular show was a 13.22 ct. flawless, pear-shaped blue diamond that drew in $24.2 million. The Stone came with a special letter from the Gemology Institute of America stating that is was the largest fancy, blue diamond that the lab has ever laid eyes on. Jewelry specialist Jean-Marc Lunel described the rock as “almost a dream” due to its heavenly clarity and purity. Harry Winston, a Swatch group-owned retailer, purchased this diamond at the show and renamed it “Winston Blue.” This is a great addition to the collection along with the 101.73 ct. “Winston Legacy,” a D flawless stone that the Swatch-group retailer purchased at last years show for $27 million. The sale for this fancy blue diamond scored another record for the show while selling the stone at $1,799,953 a carat, which is the largest amount ever for a blue diamond. The overall price however falls just below the price paid for the blue diamond at Wittelsbach in 2011, 35.56 ct. for $24.3 million. Other extravagant stones at Christie’s auction brought in $21.93 million.