Christie’s New York Jewelry Auction Fetches $38.1 Million

Important fancy-colored diamonds and Kashmir sapphires led Christie’s December 6 Magnificent Jewels auction in New York. The sale of approximately 157 lots achieved more than $38.1 million.

However, what was billed as the top lot of the sale was withdrawn at the “11th hour without explanation,” according to a gem dealer who attended the auction. Christie’s confirmed this a few days later, again without explanation.

"California Sunset" earrings withdrawn before its sale. Its estimate was $7 - $12 million
“California Sunset” earrings withdrawn before going to sale. Its estimate was $7 – $12 million

The lot was a pair of fancy vivid orange-yellow diamond earrings weighing 12.20 and 11.96 carats. The earrings were named “California Sunset Diamonds” and had an estimate of $7 million to $12 million.

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