A heart-shaped diamond weighing 92-carat and sold to 12.9 million dollars: it was the top lot at Christie’s auction in Geneva ♦
Among jewels, but also wines and watches, Christie’s in Geneva has totaled 113.7 million dollars. It is useless to make comparisons, since the end result of an auction is also conditioned by individual pieces that can raise or lower the pitch. As for jewelery and precious stones, it was waiting for the heart-shaped diamond: it was sold for $ 15 million, at a price per carat of $ 163,016. It’s a new record in auction, says Christie’s, for a diamond with this particular cut, surpassing the previous $ 10.9 million record set just by Christie’s in May 2011. The initial diamond estimate ranged between 14 and 20 million. The diamond, color D, weighs 92.15 carats and was set by Boehmer et Bassenge in a sautoir.
To sell it to an anonymous buyer (by phone) it took only three minutes. This too is a record, of speed. But a good result was also obtained by an oval cut Burmese ruby. Even in this case, the bid price was halfway between the minimum and maximum of the estimate: $ 12.9 million (the starting point was between 10 and 15 million). Another price tag for auction carat was achieved by a blue diamond, cushion cut, fancy intense, almost 8 carats. It was awarded 12.7 million. Federico Graglia