An outstandingly uncommon pink jewel of about 19 carats brought 50.3 million Swiss francs ($50 million, 44 million euros) at sale in Geneva Tuesday, Christie’s stated, setting another per-carat record for a stone of its sort.
The Pink Legacy, which once had a place with the Oppenheimer family who for a considerable length of time ran the De Beers jewel mining organization, was gobbled up by American extravagance mark Harry Winston, some portion of the Swiss Swatch gathering.
“$2.6 million for each carat. That is a world record for each carat for a pink jewel,” said Francois Curiel, leader of Christie’s in Europe, of the value that incorporated all expenses and commissions.
“This stone is for me the Leonardo da Vinci of jewels.”
#AuctionUpdate THE WINSTON PINK LEGACY acknowledges $50,375,000, accomplishing a #WorldAuctionRecord cost for every carat for a pink
The 18.96-carat precious stone was found in a South African mine around a century back, Christie’s said. It was most likely cut during the 1920s and has not been adjusted since.
The stone was promptly rechristened the “Winston Pink Legacy” by its purchasers.
Christie’s worldwide head of gems, Rahul Kadakia, portrayed it as “one of the world’s most noteworthy precious stones”.
The rectangular-cut stone has been reviewed “extravagant clear” — the most astounding conceivable review of shading force — as it has no hint of another tone like purple, orange or dark colored.
Christie’s said the Pink Legacy is “the biggest and best Fancy Vivid Pink jewel at any point offered at sale by the organization”, calling the stone “exceptional”. Photograph: AFP
Most pink jewels weigh short of what one carat and those in the best shading class with in excess of 10 carats are for all intents and purposes incredible at closeout houses.
The Pink Legacy is classed as Type IIa, which means it is to a great degree artificially unadulterated, a classification just two percent of precious stones fall into.
“These are stones that have pretty much nothing if any hint of nitrogen,” said Kadakia, including this frequently gives Type IIa precious stones “excellent straightforwardness and brightness”.
“Envision a domino that you have compromised off of,” Jean-Marc Lunel, a global gems expert at Christie’s, as of late told AFP, portraying the stone’s abnormal shape.
He brought up that the precious stone has an “established supposed emerald cut” — emerging from the run of the mill cuts utilized today, which are more adjusted and multi-faceted.
The great rectangular cut is generally utilized for white stones, yet is uncommon for pink jewels.
The rectangular-cut jewel has been evaluated ‘extravagant clear’ — the most noteworthy conceivable review of shading power. Photograph: AFP
Christie’s said the Pink Legacy is “the biggest and best Fancy Vivid Pink jewel at any point offered at closeout by the organization”, calling the stone “unique”.
“It is likely the most excellent (example) at any point displayed at open sale,” Lunel said.
Christie’s said just four striking pink precious stones of more than 10 carats have ever been offered at closeout.
One of them, the about 15-carat Pink Promise, was sold last November at a Christie’s bartering in Hong Kong for $32.5 million.
That adds up to $2.176 million for each carat, which was beforehand the world closeout record cost per carat for any pink precious stone.
The Pink Legacy’s record-crushing cost represented almost a large portion of the takings at Tuesday’s closeout, which saw add up to offers of more than $110 million, as indicated by Christie’s representative Alexandra Kindermann.
While 86 percent of the parcels found a purchaser, a major heart-molded white jewel of 53 carats, anticipated that would get around $3 to 5 million, went unsold.
Another Geneva sell off is set reason a buzz on Wednesday when Marie Antoinette’s precious stones and pearls go under the mallet at Sotheby’s.
The astonishing fortunes, which have not been found in broad daylight for two centuries, are a piece of a 100-piece accumulation held by the Italian regal House of Bourbon-Parma.