The 2017 year is closed with the world’s most expensive diamond world record for Sotheby’s ♦ ︎
Time for budgets also for Sotheby’s. The big auction house, which celebrated its 100th birthday in Bond Street in London in 2017, has however preferred not to go into the details of the individual divisions (jewelery, art, furniture, stamps, etc.), but has summarized its activity in an overall synthesys. Sales therefore reached $ 4.7 billion in 2017, an increase of 13.1%. He stressed, however, that online sales of jewelery at auctions are booming and that 23% of the lots were purchased via the internet. An interesting fact. And, without going into detail regarding the jewelry (it was a year of light and shade), Sotheby’s recalls the most successful pieces.
For example, the world record for diamond or precious stone auction with The Pink Star, later renamed The CTF Pink by buyer Chow Tai Fook. The 59,60-carat rose type IIa diamond was purchased for 71.2 million.
Sotheby’s has also set a record for the most expensive earrings auctioned with pear-shaped diamonds Apollo Blue and Artemis Pink, which weigh 14.54 carats and 16 carats respectively. They were sold as two separate lots and subsequently renamed The memory of autumn leaves and The dream of autumn leaves. The two earrings were sold for a total of 57.4 million.
Other highlights were a vivid 5.9 carats emerald-cut blue diamond, sold for 15.1 million, and a Piaget ring with a brilliant-cut pink diamond of 7.04 carats, sold for 13.2 Millions of dollars. Federico Graglia