Genie's Christie Auction Company has recorded record prices for this color stone, with a gorgeous 18.96 carat pink diamond at auction Tuesday, including 50 million Swiss francs (including commissions).
This represents a price of 44.3 million euros ($ 49.9 million) for this stone called "Pink Legacy".
This emerald-cut diamond, found in South Africa a century ago, was bought by US jeweler Harry Winston, a Swiss watchmaker, Swatch. Rahul Kadakia, auctioneer, Disputed.
Estimated to be $ 30-50 million (excluding commission), "Pink Legacy" was immediately renamed by the buyer "Winston Pink Legacy".
"$ 2.6 million per carat is the world's karat record of pink diamonds," said François Curiel, head of Christie in Europe. "This stone is the Leonardo da Vinci diamond for me".
This Pink Diamond in the Oppenheimer family has been leading De Beers mines for decades and has won the highest level of color intensity ("fancy vivid") at The Gemological Institute in the United States.
Most pink diamonds are less than one carat, and the "fantastic and vivid" variety of products over 10 carats are almost unknown at the auction site.
This stone is also type IIa, representing less than 2% of all diamonds. This type of diamond is one of the chemically pureest diamonds and has "excellent transparency and gloss" according to UK auction houses.
According to Christie 's international jewelry expert Jean – Marc Lunel, diamonds were probably cut in the 1920s.
In November 2017, a precedent was discovered for the price of a carpet of pink diamonds in Hong Kong when Christie sold the brilliant pink oval diamond "The Pink Promise", which is less than 15 carats. $ 32.46 million ($ 217 million per carat).
– Large diamonds were not sold.
Pink Diamond was a highlight of Christie's high jewelry sales, according to Alexandra Kindermann, a spokeswoman for the auction house, for a total of $ 122 million.
86% of the swallows were sold, but 53.53 carat white diamonds with a large heart shape worth $ 3.25-5.25 million were not sold.
Particularly controversial is the beautiful necklace made of 28 natural pearls from Martine de Behague (1869-1939), the earl of Bearn, the muse of Paul Valery, a writer, poet and philosopher.
She traveled the world in search of ancient manuscripts and antiques from her ship "Nirvana". According to Christie, she bought 28 pearls that made this necklace throughout her entire life. This necklace is adorned with diamonds. Experts auctioned more than 1.15 million francs. Experts estimate the Swiss franc at around CHF 240,000 to CHF 340,000.
A pair of earrings decorated with round sapphires of 15.38 and 15.20 carats, overcome by countless small white diamonds, were sold for CHF 612,500, with an expected price of CHF 250,000 to CHF 350,000.
In addition, the pearl necklace of Horace Elgin Dodge, co-founder of the American automotive company Dodge, was sold for about 1,122,000 Swiss francs.