San Francisco—Leading the quarterly Salon Jewellery & Watches auction at Bonhams, March 25 in San Francisco, was a coral graduated three-strand necklace that flew past its estimate of $6,000-8,000 to achieve $11,563. It was a shining example among many which far exceeded their estimates to bring strong results to the sale.
Star lots continued with two offerings that more than doubled their high estimates. First, a grouping of three unmounted coloured diamonds, including a pear brilliant-cut fancy vivid pink 0.21 carat diamond; an oval brilliant-cut fancy pinkish-purple 0.26 carat diamond; and a cushion-cut pink-purple 0.39 carat diamond brought $11,250, ahead of a $1,800-2,500 estimate. To follow, a 10.70 carat diamond bracelet, mounted in platinum, from a New York Estate sold for $10,625, ahead of a $3,000-5,000 estimate.
According to Lynne Arkin, Fine Jewellery Specialist at Bonhams in San Francisco, the sale was a success. "Colour was a big winner in this sale, along with signed pieces from Cartier, Schlumberger and Tiffany & Co."
Rings were on the minds of many bidders, and comprised a lot of the auction's top lots. Among them, a diamond and emerald three-stone ring by Tiffany & Co., featuring a central round brilliant-cut 1.00 carat diamond and approximately 0.75 carats of emerald, mounted in platinum and 18 karat gold, sold for $8,125. A diamond solitaire ring went on to bring $7,500, and from the estate of Bruce L. Jones Jr., (1928-2012), Carmel, Calif., came a French 1.60 carat diamond solitaire ring that achieved $6,875.
Earrings, too, were a popular draw in the sale. A pair of carved jade, black onyx and diamond earrings sold for $8,125, far ahead of an estimate of $2,500-3,500; a pair of French, enamel and 18 karat gold earclips by Jean Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co., sold for $6,875, past an estimate of $1,200-1,500; a pair of turquoise and diamond earclips brought $6,250, and a pair of diamond and 18 karat gold flower earclips by Van Cleef & Arpels brought $6,000, past an estimate of $1,200-1,500.
In conjunction with the Salon sale, Bonhams held its Period Art & Design auction the day prior. The sale saw great results across its various categories. Its top jewellery highlights included a collection of nine assorted gold coin pendants that sold for $3,500, and two separate 18 karat gold integral bracelet wristwatches from the aforementioned estate of Bruce L. Jones Jr.; one by Concord, that sold for $3,125, and another by Omega that brought $3,000. The sale's top lot outside of the jewellery category was a first-quarter 20th century, French gilt bronze and cloisonné enamel four glass mantel clock retailed by P. Kierulff & Co., Peking, sold for $6,250, beyond an estimate of $1,000-1,500.
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Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com