Christies Paris Jewels Sale
Christie’s Paris Jewels sale achieved sales of $8.2 million and 83% was sold by lot. The sale offered a collection of 12 pieces that represent the classic taste and perennial elegance of the woman who collected them. Jewelry included precious stones from designers such as Boivin, Cartier, Chaumet. It also included two pearl necklaces, one of which has a clasp that dates back to the second empire and is set with a Ceylon sapphire. This was offered by Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III to Mademoiselle Marie Yvonne Gillois, the future wife of Prince Alexandre Murat.
The top lot was a 10.93 carat, D, VVS2, type IIa rectangular cut diamond ring that sold higher than its $1 million estimate. Other notable sales and jewelry included a natural pearl, diamond, platinum and gold necklace that sold for more than its presale estimate $918,519, and a velvet Kashmir sapphire, diamond and platinum ring by Chaumet for $763,046.
“Bidders were mainly present on the telephone as well as a strong online participation, with 75 bidders registered. The 12 lots coming from the property of a French princely family exceeded all expectations, reaching a combined outstanding total of $2,402,379 (EUR 1,764,250),” said Marie-Laurence Tixier, the head of Christie’s Paris jewelry department. This was the second highest in sales for the department to date.