Christie’s is touting its Magnificent Jewels auction in Hong Kong yesterday, with a sales total of $111 million, as the highest total ever for a jewelry auction in Asia, led by four pieces that sold for over $5 million.
The top five lots had two new record holders among the group. Highest price achieved went, unsurprisingly, to the remarkable diamond rivière necklace that contained 104.84 carats of flawless D-color diamonds (pictured above). In second place at $6.4 million was the star of the catalog cover, a ruby and diamond necklace by Etcetera, that now holds the record for most expensive ruby necklace sold at auction. Both of these lots were purchased by private Asian buyers. Next was a stunning ruby and diamond ring that sold for $6 million, followed by a diamond-laden necklace by Harry Winston that sold for $5 million. The second record set was for a 12.85-carat orange-pink diamond, which sold for just under $5 million. Peruse the rest of the auction results here.