CHICAGO – The April 10 and 11 Important Jewelry auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers offered an outstanding selection of bold vintage jewelry, signed designer jewelry and numerous loose and mounted diamonds and gemstones. Day one of the sale was conducted to a full floor in the Chicago saleroom and with over 1,000 bidders registered on live bidding platforms. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
The top five lots of the sale were diamond rings, including a 4.04 carat natural fancy brown-pink diamond and diamond ring (above) that sold for $212,500. A 17.10 carat octagonal step-cut diamond and platinum ring (below) sold for $187,000 after competitive bidding on the phone and online. It had an estimate of $120,000 to $180,000.
Other top-performing diamonds included a 10.03 carat princess cut diamond ring (above) that sold for $109,375 with an estimate of $90,000 to $110,000; and an Art Deco 6.08 carat Asscher-cut diamond ring (below) that sold for $71,875 against an estimate of $60,000-$80,000.
Vintage jewelry proved popular. An Art Deco platinum and diamond ring exceeded expectations following competitive bidding in the room. The ring sold for $62,500 against an estimate of $25,000 to 35,000.
Other vintage highlights included an Edwardian platinum and diamond brooch that sold for $26,250 against an estimate of $12,000 to $18,000; and a Renaissance Revival natural Ceylon sapphire, diamond and polychrome enamel pendant (below) by Edward Tessier that sold for $22,500 against an estimate of $8,000 to $10,000.
Other highlights from the sale included a Van Cleef and Arpels “Lady Arpels Feerie” diamond wristwatch that sold for $50,000 (est. $40,000 to $60,000); a Verdura pink spinel and diamond “wrapped heart” brooch that sold for $37,500 (est. $30,000 to $40,000); and a yellow gold Nautilus wristwatch by Patek Philippe that sold for $22,500 (est. $4,000 to $6,000).
A LiveAuctioneers bidder found a bargain in an 18K gold, sapphire and diamond collar necklace by Kevork & Co. The invisibly-set necklace (below) contained 274 baguette-cut sapphires weighing approximately 28.00 carats total, and 86 baguette-cut diamonds weighing approximately 8.00 carats total. With an estimate of $15,000-$20,000, the necklace sold for $9,450.
A Verdura pink spinel and diamond “wrapped heart” brooch sold for $37,500 (est. $30,000 to $40,000).
Other highlights from the sale included a Lady Arpels Feerie diamond wristwatch by Van Cleef and Arpels that sold for $50,000 (est. $40,000 to $60,000) and a yellow gold Nautilus wristwatch by Patek Philippe that sold for $22,500 (est. $4,000 to $6,000).