DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Kodner Galleries’ 2016 Holiday Estate Jewelry & Fine Watch auction featured an exceptional collection gathered over the past months in anticipation of the annual event. At the close of the evening, Kodner had hammered down just short of $1 million ($989,500 inclusive of buyer’s premium). Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
Several select Palm Beach and Miami Beach estates yielded a treasure trove of Patek Philippe, Audemars Piquet, Rolex, Boucheron, Ulysse Nardin, Piaget and Cartier timepieces as well as fine jewelry creations from leading jewelry houses including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co, Spritzer & Furhmann, and Chopard. The holiday sale included lavish fine diamond and gemstone pieces, items geared to a younger modern buyer as well as items for more moderate budgets.
Russ Kodner, president of Kodner Galleries and GIA graduate gemologist, selected each of the approximate 225 jewelry and watch lots offered at the holiday sale. A collection of boxed Lalique perfumes rounded-out the auction’s 250 lots.
A champagne reception preceding the auction and was attended by a full house including many Kodner regulars who look forward to this holiday sale, in addition to the many first-timers drawn by the selection of diamond and gemstone jewelry. By the 6 p.m. auction time approximately 850 on-line bidders and 100 phone bidders were registered and approved for bidding.
The auction highlights were numerous and included the auction’s featured lot no. 129, a 100.0 carat diamond and platinum necklace, bracelet and earring suite (above), which was hammered down at $108,900. The buyer flew to south Florida from Colorado to pick up the suite in person at the gallery.
Lot 148, a rare circa 1960s Paul Flato 104.5 carat emerald, sapphire, ruby, diamond, pearl and 18K yellow gold pendant necklace (below) sold at $72,600 to a telephone bidder.
Successful Patek Philippe watch buys included Lots 4, 58 and 59 at $13,310, $16,940 and $15,730 respectively. Lot 133, mid-20th century Russian 15.0 carat diamond and 14K gold chandelier earrings sold at $16,940. Lot 109, a 35.0 carat diamond, 22.0 carat Burma ruby, platinum and 18K yellow gold bracelet (below) brought $41,140.
Lot 107, a superb pair of 31.15 carat gem quality Burma ruby, diamond, platinum and 18K yellow gold chandelier earrings sold at $29,645.
Lot 177 was a lovely French 20.0 carat aquamarine, diamond and platinum pendant necklace which brought $7,320. Lot 90 was an exceptional 18K white gold and diamond evening clutch which sold at $9,680.
Lot 118, a pair of UGS certified 4.03 carat diamond ear studs, fetched $13,310. (All prices include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.)
Many gallery bidders remained until the last lot was hammered down. There was much to celebrate by the gallery management and staff with a very successful auction and auction year for Kodner Galleries. 2016 also marked 110 years in business for the Dania Beach, Florida auction gallery.