NEW YORK, NY.-
On September 26, Bonhams
New York Jewels auction was led by a rare and impressive fancy intense blue diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels, which achieved $2,540,075, tripling its pre-sale estimate, weighing 2.17 carats, with a price per carat of $1,170,541.
Brett OConnor, Bonhams Senior International Jewelry Director, comments: This sale demonstrated an appetite for signed iconic and unique jewels. In particular, rare and colored diamonds achieved notable prices in a full auction room with bidding coming from around the globe. The sale achieved nearly $6.8 million, far exceeding its presale estimate.
TOP SIGNED JEWELS BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
Clients also competed for Van Cleef & Arpels jewels, which included a very fine emerald-cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond ring, weighing 6.09 carats, which sold for $312,575; an attractive oval-shaped Burma sapphire ring weighing approximately 21.56 carats, which sold for $306,325; and an iconic 18k gold and ruby butterfly brooch, circa 1940, which became the subject of a bidding war and eventually sold for $81,325.
A very fine fancy vivid yellow diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels. Price realized: $312,575
An 18k gold and ruby butterfly brooch, by Van Cleef & Arpels, French, circa 1940. Price realized: $81,325
An attractive sapphire and diamond ring, Van Cleef & Arpels. Price realized: $306,325