Geneva – A spectacular 18.96 carat pink diamond was auctioned on Tuesday for more than 50 million Swiss francs (including taxes), a record carat price for a stone of this color by Christie's auction house Geneva.
It represents a price of 44.3 million euros, or 49.9 million dollars, for this stone called "Pink Legacy".
This emerald-cut diamond, discovered about a century ago in South Africa, was acquired by American jeweler Harry Winston, owned by Swiss swatch watch group, actor Rahul Kadakia said after a ten-minute auction challenge at four .
' "Pink Legacy", which was estimated between 30 and 50 million dollars (excluding commissions), was immediately renamed by its buyer"Winston Pink Legacy".
"$ 2.6 million per carat, is a world record on carats for a pink diamond"said François Curiel, head of Christie's Europe in Europe.This stone is for me the diamonds Leonardo da Vinci".
This pink diamond from the Oppenheimer family, who for decades led the De Beers mining company, was distinguished by the American Institute of Gemology with the highest intensity of color ("fantasy live").
Most pink diamonds weigh less than one carat and those of the "fantasy live"More than ten carats are almost unknown to the auction house.
The stone is also type IIa, which represents less than 2% of all diamonds. Diamonds of this type are among the most pure chemical, often with "exceptional transparency and glow"according to the British auction house.
The diamond was probably cut in the 1920s, according to Jean-Marc Lunel, a jewelry specialist at Christie's.
A record precedent for the carat price of a pink diamond was reached in November 2017 in Hong Kong when Christie sold "The pink promise", a pink, oval shape under 15 carats, for $ 32.48 million (2.17 million carats).
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Pink diamond was the pinnacle of Christie's jewelry sales, which amounted to more than $ 110.2 million, according to a spokesman for the auction house, Alexandra Kindermann.
86% of the lots were sold, but a white carat diamond of 53.53 carats, worth 3.25-5.25 million dollars, was not sold.
A lot was controversial: a beautiful necklace made of 28 natural pearls belonging to Martine de Behague (1869-1939), Bearn's countess, who was the muse of the writer, poet and philosopher Paul Valery.
She crossed the world over the oceans on her ship "nirvanaIn search of ancient manuscripts and antiques, Christie said that she bought every one of the 28 pearls that make up this necklace, the closure of which is adorned with diamonds. for more than 1.15 million Swiss francs, while experts estimate that it is between 240 000 and 340 000 Swiss francs.
A pair of earrings, adorned with two circular sapphires of 15.38 and 15.20 carats, overwhelmed by a multitude of white diamonds, was sold for 612,500 Swiss francs, from an estimated 250,000 to 350,000 Swiss francs.
In addition, a pearl necklace belonging to Horace Elgin Dodge, co-founder of the Dodge American builder, was sold far above estimates at nearly 1.12 million Swiss francs.