A cascade of diamonds by Christie’s private sale with Brioni and James Bond ♦ ︎
“A diamond is forever”, said James Bond, repeating the famous claim by De Beers. A diamond is forever and if James Bond recommends it, it’s even better, adds today Christie’s auction house together with Brioni, the tailoring Maison that for many years has dressed the 007 in their movies.
This curious marriage between the king of spies, the oldest auction house and a well-established Roman tailoring is synthesized in the private sale of exceptional diamonds and jewels together with the original plates designed by John McLusky for Ian Fleming Books, which obviously depict James Bond.
The auction house organized the private sale (ie it is not an auction) from 29 to 31 October. The sell has a title: A Diamond Affair and includes a magnificent 100-carat diamond tiara to a rare heart-shaped blue diamond. Besides, in fact, the original works of John McLusky, one of the leading graphic artists who serialized the novels of Fleming’s Bond in the fifties and sixties. Among the adventures published there was, precisely, Diamonds Are Forever.
The series of diamonds of color DH, IF-SI purity, total of 195.40 carats could very well have been part of one of Fleming’s novels, as well as the cut diamond VS2 Fancy Vivid blue of 3.44 carats, or the pair of earrings with two Fancy Intense Yellow VVS2 diamonds of 13.35 and 12.03 carats. Who knows that Specter she’ll turn up… Federico Graglia