Christie’s to stage $40 million jewel sale in October
NEW YORK, September 28, 2010 – Christie’s has announced plans to stage an auction entitled Jewels: The New York Sale on October 20, which is expected to achieve in excess of $40 million.
The day-long auction features over 450 individual pieces, including top-quality coloured and colourless diamonds, rare gemstones, and one-of-a-kind jewels with notable provenance, as well as Jeweled Elegance: The Eye of A Distinguished Collector, a single owner collection of over 160 signed jewels from the most esteemed jewellery houses.
Two special highlights of the sale are: The BVLGARI Blue – the largest triangular-shaped fancy vivid blue diamond offered at auction, and a pair of imperial topaz, ruby and diamond ear pendants by JAR that were formerly part of the collection of actress Ellen Barkin (estimate: $300,000-500,000).
With their exceptional design, provenance and rarity, both the ring and ear pendants are among the most highly-coveted and eagerly anticipated jewels of the fall auction season.
Jeweled Elegance: The Eye of A Distinguished Collector, is a carefully-curated private collection of signed jewels from designers including Cartier, David Webb, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston.
The entire morning session of the October 20 auction is devoted to this assemblage of over 160 individual pieces, built with extreme care and passion over decades, often with the assistance of Philippe Arpels, President of Van Cleef & Arpels in the U.S. from 1985 to 1991.
In reviewing the catalogue of the collection, Mr. Arpels said, “Seeing many of these jewels
again brings back fond memories for me – they are a true testament to the great joy that jewels can bring to those who love them.”
The complete e-catalogue for this sale will be available online at www.christies.com/eCatalogues/index.aspx?saleid=22638
Jewels: The New York Sale October 20, 2010 at 10am & 2:30pm
Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries October 16-19, 10am – 5pm