Auction of California Jewelry on November 19, 2018
Fancy Blue Diamond Weighing 1.52 Carats Achieves $855,000
Sale Total Tops $3.3 Million Amid Competitive Bidding
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's auction of California Jewelry on November 19, 2018 in New York offered a selection of high-carat-weight diamonds and colored stones and exquisite designs by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, David Webb, Tiffany & Co. from prominent private collections and distinguished estates.
With competitive bidding in the saleroom, on the telephones and via the Internet, the auction totaled a successful $3,300,063, surpassing its estimate of $2,168,280-3,071,900, with a strong 77% sold by lot and 84% sold by value.
Fancy Blue Diamonds
Highlighting the auction was a rare and exceptional unmounted natural Fancy Blue diamond weighing 1.52 carats, VS1 clarity, that achieved a stunning $855,000, far over its estimate of $200,000-300,00, following spirited bidding from the telephones and the salesroom. From the same Collection of a Colorado Gentleman was another unmounted natural Fancy Blue diamond, this one .80 carat, VVS2 clarity, that fetched $212,500, many times its estimate of $30,000-50,000.
From the Estate of Jack Weisenhunt of Dallas, Texas, and Laguna Beach, California, was a ring set with a treated yellow diamond of approx. 27.50 carats that sailed past its estimate of $20,000-30,000 to realize $118,750.
A circa 1910 ring by Cartier set with a natural Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond, approx. 3.15 carats, VVS2 clarity, from the Estate of Beth Campbell Snyder and Irving Tritch Snyder, sold for $100,000, surpassing its estimate of $70,000-90,000.
Two natural saltwater pearl necklaces from the Estate of Jack Weisenhunt sold exceptionally strongly at the auction. A 20 1/2- inch necklace with graduated pearls approx. 8.50 to 3.5mm fetched $93,750, far exceeding its estimate of $5,000-70,000, and another measuring 17 3/4 inches, also with graduated pearls 8.50 to 3.5 mm, sold for $68,750 against an estimate of $4,000-6,000.
Objets de Vertu
The auction offered a group of exquisite boxes from the collection of a Box Connoisseur, as well as an Art Deco box by Cartier, Paris, from the Estate of Jack Weisenhunt, that realized $53,125, many times its estimate of $7,500-10,000. The circa 1924 cylindrical gold vanity box was set with carved jade, diamonds and rubies and decorated with a graphic pattern in black enamel.
Dunay on Dunay
In celebration of NYC Jewelry Week, Doyle hosted a special evening with legendary New York jeweler Henry Dunay on Friday, November 16. Read More About this Event
NYC Jewelry Week
November 12-18, 2018 in New York
NYC Jewelry Week was NYC’s first and only week dedicated to promoting the world of jewelry through educational and innovative NYC focused programming. In its inaugural year, NYCJW featured groundbreaking exhibitions, educational lectures, explorative workshops, exclusive tours, and unique collaborations with the best and brightest businesses, brands, individual jewelers, artists, and designers throughout NYC.
Doyle was proud to be an Auction House Partner of NYC Jewelry Week.
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