‘Raj Pink’ diamond, tip gems, destroy to sell during Sotheby’s sale


GENEVA (Reuters) – A vast pinkish diamond, singular for a tone and clarity, was among several vital wealth that unsuccessful to sell on Wednesday during Sotheby’s auction in Geneva.

The 37.3-carat cushion-shaped stone, famous as a “Raj Pink” and mounted on a ring, was billed as a star lot during Sotheby’s semi-annual valuables sale in a Swiss city. The pre-sale guess for a diamond, found in South Africa in 2015, was $20 million to $30 million.

Bidding non-stop on it during 9.9 million Swiss francs ($10.02 million) and climbed to 14 million Swiss francs before stalling.

“It was not sold,” David Bennett, worldwide authority of Sotheby’s general valuables multiplication who conducted a auction, told a swarming sale room. The “Raj Pink” was named by a stream owner, who wished to sojourn anonymous, Sotheby’s said. The name is formed on a Sanskrit word for king.

Other vital lots were left hanging, unwell to accommodate a tip haven cost set by their sellers.

They enclosed a blue solid ring by jeweler Moussaieff with a final bid of 12.4 million Swiss francs and a span of yellow diamonds that before belonged to a German elegant family of Von Donnersmarck, that reached 7.8 million Swiss francs.

Only 303 of a 349 lots found new owners, according to Sotheby’s figures. In all, a sale netted 77.9 million francs.

A Harry Winston imagination light pinkish solid ring, described as an “absolutely sensationally pleasing stone” by Bennett, brought a strongest cost of a night and set a universe record for that difficulty during auction, Sotheby’s said.

It sole for 12.6 million Swiss francs to a write bidder who purchased it from a European eminent family that owned a 1970 square by a New York jeweler, Sotheby’s said.

Graff Diamonds Ltd, founded by London oppulance jeweler Laurence Graff, scooped adult dual lots – a span of flawless solid earrings for 2.4 million francs and a 19th-century emerald and solid necklace and relating earrings for 1.63 million francs, Sotheby’s said.

“Pieces contingency be well-developed to sell currently during a same turn as dual years ago,” Eric Valdieu, a Geneva-based valuables play before of Christie‘s, told Reuters after a auction.

The “Raj Pink” was not an easy mill to sell, he said, adding: “It was a modern, new mill and not a 10 out of 10 in terms of a tone and form. It had no history,” Valdieu said.

Tobias Kormind, handling executive of 77Diamonds.com, Europe’s largest online solid jeweler, pronounced in a matter that Sotheby’s sale did not bode good for prices: “I‘m disturbed for a tip finish of a solid market.”

At opposition Christie’s on Tuesday night, an emerald and solid necklace set with a largest flawless white solid ever to come to auction sole for a universe record 33.5 million Swiss francs ($34 million), a star lot during a Geneva sale.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Cynthia Osterman


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