- Title: UNITED STATES: SOTHEBY'S HOLDS ITS SECOND LARGEST JEWELLERY AUCTION IN THE U.S.
- Date: 26th October 1995
- Summary: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 26, 1995/RECENT) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) OCTOBER 26, 1995 1. LV EXTERIOR OF SOTHEBY'S AUCTION HOUSE / SV SIGN (2 SHOTS) 0.10 2. GV INTERIOR OF SOTHEBY'S AUCTION ROOM 0.19 3. SV AUCTIONEER SAYING IT'S IN THE BAG...THREE MILLION DOLLARS TO THE KING OF THE BLUES (ENGLISH) / TWO MEN EMBRACING (2 SHOTS) 0.30 4. CU 200.86 CARAT YELLOW DIAMOND THAT DID NOT SELL 0.36 5. GV BIDDING 0.43 6. SV AUCTIONER SAYING THE SALE WAS PASSED (ENGLISH) 0.54 RECENT 7. CU NEW YORK JEWELLER, HARRY WINSTON'S NECKLACE 1.01 OCTOBER 26, 1995 8. SV WINSTON'S UNIDENTIFIED STEP-GRANDDAUGHTER MODELLING NECKLACE AT AUCTION / SV AUCTIONEER / SV PEOPLE TAKING NOTES / GV AUCTION ROOM (4 SHOTS) 1.30 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 10th November 1995 12:00
- Location: NEW YORK CITY, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Reuters ID: LVALAFPJQUG2UGX28ASLFM3TJ6H
- Story Text: The international auction house Sotheby's on Thursday (October 26) held what turned out to be its second largest jewellery auction in the United States.
At the end of the two day 'Magnificent Jewellery' sale, Sotheby's had sold a total of 42,205,555 United States dollars (USD) worth of jewellery during an event sprinkled with surprises.
One of the more electric moments of the auction was when a pear shaped, 19.45 carat blue diamond came under fierce bidding.
Sotheby's estimated the greyish blue diamond, set in a ring would sell for between 400,000-500,000. A United States (U.S.) dealer eventually bought it for the grand sum of 3.3-million USD.
Also on sale was what Sotheby's called an "extraordinary 200.86 carat fancy coloured diamond" estimated to sell for between four and five million U.S. dollars. Intense bidding pushed the price to well over four million U.S. dollars, but because final buyer passed, there was no sale.
The diamond, a deep brownish yellow, is the only known yellow diamond of over 200 carats.
Of the set-pieces on auction, the most highly touted was the ruby and diamond pendant necklace with matching ear clips by famed New York jeweller Harry Winston.
His step-granddaughter modelled the jewels at the auction and the bidding went up and up. The auctioneer started the bidding at 700,000 U.S. dollars and the set eventually sold for three million U.S. dollars.
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