Large pearl sells for $254,500 at Christie’s Dubai
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DUBAI, April 21, 2011 – One of the largest drop-shaped natural pearls so far recorded sold for $ 254,500 / AED934,779 at Christie’s Dubai sale of Important Jewels on April 20.
The important natural baroque-shaped pearl weighing 239.7 grains (60 carats) was once part of the collection of Valda Virginia Vaughn Scott, the daughter of an English diplomat and a member of the prestigious Alessi family.
Her grandfather and great-grandfather served in the Royal Malta Regiment and the Malta Crown Advocate, and they were in turn descended from the Maltese nobleman, the Marquis di Taflia.
This fine provenance in addition to the rarity of the pearl, contributed to the final result which reflected the pre-sale estimate of $180,000-250,000.
David Warren, International Director of Christie’s Jewellery department and Head of Jewellery Middle East, said, “‘Natural pearls of this size are rarely seen on the jewellery market and when offered they attract international interest.
“The buyer is from the region, a traditional hot spot of the finest natural pearl enthusiasts.
“To date this is the largest natural pearl we have offered in Dubai.”