Christie's made another 193 million
On December 10, a flawlessly clean and transparent Golconda diamond weighing 52,58 carats collected a dizzying sum of $10,9 million at Chiristie's auction in New York.
The final cost, $207 per carat, is within the price range previously predicted by experts — $600 million to $9,5 million. The happy new owner of the stone chose not to name himself.
The diamond belongs to the rarest and most highly valued color category D, that is, it is absolutely transparent. In the mines located near the Indian fortress of Golconda, in which the stone was found, many of the most famous diamonds in history were mined at one time - the Hope and Regent diamonds, as well as Kohinoor.
The massive December auction raised $65,7 million and consisted of 495 lots, 86 percent of which were sold. The total proceeds of the auction amounted to 92% of the forecast amount. Thus, for this year, the New York auction house Christie's sold jewelry with a total value of 193,8 million dollars.
However, the immaculately clean and expensive diamond was not the only star of the auction.
Worth mentioning is what Christie's called Lev Leviev's "luxurious collection" of diamond jewelry, which raised $10,2 million. The first lot, a 25,72-carat Rare Cushion-cut D Diamond, fetched $4,3 million ($161 per carat). Following him, the owner was replaced by a necklace adorned with a pear-shaped diamond weighing 200 carats of category D and clarity of class VVS22,12. The necklace went into the private collection of an Asian buyer who paid $1 million ($2,79 per carat) for the piece.
$2,3 million ($117 per carat) went broke for an anonymous buyer of diamond earrings (pictured above), made up of a pair of 200 carat and 10,31 carat D-coloured, VVS9,94 and VVS1-clarity stones, respectively. Finally, an 2-carat white gold bracelet studded with 725 rectangular-cut diamonds totaling approximately 18 carats was sold for $88.
Another record was also set at the auction. The Tutti Frutti bracelet from the Cartier jewelry house, adorned with diamonds, jadeite and a whole scattering of other gems, went under the hammer for $ 2, thus becoming the most expensive bracelet in the world in the Cartier Tutti Frutti line.
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