A striking 18.96-pound pink diamond auction on Tuesday for more than 50 million Swiss francs (including fees), a record-breaking carat price for this color stone at Christie's auction house in Geneva.
This stone is called Pink Legacy, which is 44.3 million euros, or 49.9 million dollars.
This emerald-cut diamond, which was discovered about a century ago in South Africa, was bought by American jeweler Harry Winston, who belongs to the Swiss watch group Swatch, auctioned by Rahul Kadakia after 10 minutes out of four in the auction challenged by Auction.
Pink Legacy, valued at $ 30-50 million (free of charge), was immediately renamed Winston Pink Legacy.
"The $ 2.6 million carat is the world record for pink diamonds," said French Kjell, Christie's head of Europe. "This stone is for me and Leonardo da Vinci diamonds".
This pink diamond from the Oppenheimer family, which for decades gave the leading De Beers mining company, the American Gemological Institute awarded the highest intensity of color ("imagination brightness").
Most pink diamonds weigh less than one carat, and the exhibition houses are almost unknown to more than a dozen carat "imaginary bright" varieties.
Stone is also type IIa, which accounts for less than 2% of all diamonds. According to a British auction house, diamonds of this type are one of the cleanest chemical elements, often with "excellent transparency and brilliance."
James Marl Lunel, Christie's international jewelry specialist, may have been cut down in the 1920s.
Prior to November 2017, Christietis sold The Pink Promise, an impressive bright pink, oval-shaped diamond with nearly 15 rounds, at $ 32.48 million ($ 2.17 million per carat), in Hong Kong.
– Large diamond is not sold –
According to Alexandra Kindermann, an auction house spokeswoman, the pink diamond was Christie's high jewelery sales, reaching over $ 110.2 million.
86% of the parties were sold, but a large, heart-shaped 53.53-carat white diamond, valued at 3.25-5.25 million dollars, was not sold.
One party was particularly controversial: a beautiful necklace made up of 28 natural pearls belonging to Martyne de Behague (1869-1939), Barnes Graphite, who was the muse of the writer, poet and philosopher Paul Valery.
She traveled across the ocean, The Nirvana, looking for old manuscripts and antiques. According to Christie, she has purchased all of her life for each of the 28 pearls that make up this necklace, the closing of which is decorated with diamonds. It was auctioned at more than 1.15 million Swiss francs, but experts estimate it is between 240,000 and 340,000 Swiss francs.
The earrings, which were decorated with two 15.38 and 15.20 grams of round saplings, surpassing countless small white diamonds, were sold at CHF 612,500, at an estimated 250,000 to 350,000 Swiss francs.
In addition, the pearl necklace owned by the American car maker Dodge, Horace Elgin Dodge, was sold well above the estimate – almost 1.12 million Swiss francs.