Geneva – an impressive 18.96 round pink diamond auction on Tuesday for more than 50 million Swiss francs (including fees), a record carat for this color stone at Christie's Auction House in Geneva.
It's worth € 44.3 million, or $ 49.9 million, for this stone called "Pink Legacy"
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"which was estimated at 30 to 50 million dollars (free of charge), immediately renamed the buyer"Winston Pink Legacy"
"$ 2.6 million per carat, it's the world's record for one carat of pink diamonds"said French Chivalier, Christie's head of Europe.This stone is also for me Leonardo da Vinci diamonds"
This pink diamond from the Oppenheimer family, which went to the De Beers mining company for decades, gave the American Gemological Institute the highest color intensity ("fancy vivid")
Most pink diamonds weigh less than one carat and a variety of "fancy vivid"We almost do not know the auction houses more than ten carats.
Stone is also type IIa, which accounts for less than 2% of all diamonds. This type of diamonds are purely chemically pure, often with "outstanding transparency and brilliance"according to the British Auction House.
James Marl Lunel, Christie's international jewelry specialist, may have been cut down in the 1920s.
A handmade diamond carat price record was reached in November 2017 in Hong Kong when Christie sells "Pink promise", a fantasy of a bright pink diamond oval shaped with almost 15 carats, for $ 32.48 million (2.17 million carats).
– 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 moved the world over to the oceans in her ship, "NirvanaFinding ancient 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. for 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.