Bonhams : BONHAMS NEW YORK JEWELS SALE LED BY A RARE BLUE DIAMOND RING BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
BONHAMS NEW YORK JEWELS SALE LED BY A RARE BLUE DIAMOND RING BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

New York – On September 26, Bonhams New York Jewels auction was led by a rare and impressive fancy intense blue diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels, which achieved $2,540,075, tripling its pre-sale estimate, weighing 2.17 carats, with a price per carat of $1,170,541.

Brett O'Connor, Bonhams Senior International Jewelry Director, comments: "This sale demonstrated an appetite for signed iconic and unique jewels. In particular, rare and colored diamonds achieved notable prices in a full auction room with bidding coming from around the globe. The sale achieved nearly $6.8 million, far exceeding its presale estimate."

TOP SIGNED JEWELS BY VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Clients also competed for Van Cleef & Arpels jewels, which included a very fine emerald-cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond ring, weighing 6.09 carats, which sold for $312,575; an attractive oval-shaped Burma sapphire ring weighing approximately 21.56 carats, which sold for $306,325; and an iconic 18k gold and ruby butterfly brooch, circa 1940, which became the subject of a bidding war and eventually sold for $81,325.


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewelry. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.

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