Harry Winston’s emerald bid clinches jewellery auction record

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The international auction house Christie’s made a record sale with the Rockerfeller Emerald to Harry Winston in New York at the Magnificent Jewels on June 20.

The top lot was sold to jeweller Harry Winston. Harry Winston chief financial officer Robert Scott was bidding in Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza saleroom with instructions from Harry Winston chief executive officer, Nayla Hayek, to “bring this magnificent gem home at any price.”

Following the sale, Hayek commented: “Harry Winston is immensely proud to own the finest emerald in the world which once belonged to one of America’s most important dynasties.”

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The top lot of the sale was the Rockefeller Emerald which sold on behalf of a private American Collector. The precious stone fetched $5.51m (£4.3m), setting a new world auction record per carat of $305,000 (£239,000).

Following the record breaking sale Christie’s US head of jewelry, Tom Burstein, said: “The record prices achieved coupled with competitive bidding for signed jewellery underscores the strength in the market for pieces of the highest quality.  Our jewellery team is proud to finish the first half on such a strong note and we look forward to the fall sales season.”

The record comes on the heels of Harry Winston and Christies topping the Summer Luxury Sale auction where the highest sale of the jewellery lot was a rectangular 10.23 carat Colombian emerald and diamond ring by Harry Winston, which sold for £377,000.

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