The September 11 and 12 Important Jewelry auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers offered an array of antique highlights, colored stones and signed jewelry. The sale totaled $4.5 million, with the top five lots being impressive diamonds and colored stones.
Colored stones proved strong in the market. The top selling lot was a fine 6.40 carat antique cushion cut Kashmir sapphire that sold for $473,000 against a presale estimate of $225,000 – 250,000. It sold to an international private collector after competitive phone bidding. Additionally, a fine 4.01 carat cushion cut Brazilian Paraiba tourmaline tripled its presale estimate of $40,000 – 60,000 and sold for $149,000.
A Tiffany & Co. platinum and diamond ring sold for $185,000 and an important platinum and diamond graduated line necklace sold for $167,000, both against presale estimates of $100,000 – 120,000.
Signed diamond rings by Graff and Tiffany outperformed expectations. One example being a platinum, yellow gold, fancy yellow diamond and diamond ring, Graff, which sold for $161,000 (estimated at $130,000 – 150,000).
A number of vintage and antique items sold well, including a Tiffany & Co. platinum, aquamarine and diamond necklace circa 1915, which sold for $93,750 (estimated at $30,000 – 50,000). A fine platinum, natural pearl and diamond necklace, circa 1920 and estimated at $40,000 – 60,000, sold for $87,500.
Victorian examples include a fine Victorian rose gold, silver, ruby and diamond ring that sold for $40,000 and a Victorian silver topped gold and diamond convertible tiara/necklace that sold for $30,000.
Numerous Art Deco bracelets sold well such as an Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet, Oscar Heyman Brothers Circa 1925, which sold for $32,500 (estimated at $15,000 – 20,000) and an Austrian Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet that sold for $18,125 (estimated at $10,000 – 15,000).
Edwardian jewelry also performed well. One example being a fine Edwardian platinum, diamond and seed pearl necklace that sold for $15,000 and another being a fine Edwardian platinum and diamond bracelet that sold for $6,875.
Overall, the auction had a high percentage of private buyers participating in top lots. Please visit lesliehindman.com for additional results.