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10.64-carat pink diamond to lead Sotheby’s sale

11 September 2019

A 10.64-carat fancy vivid purplish-pink IF diamond ring

The Dunhuang Pipa brooch and necklace by Anna Hu with a 100.02-carat fancy intense yellow diamond


Sotheby’s Hong Kong is presenting a sparkling assortment of exceptional diamonds at its upcoming auction. Headlining the sale is a rare and exquisite 10.64-carat fancy vivid purplish-pink IF diamond ring.

The piece is estimated to sell for HK$150 million to HK$200 million (around US$20 million to US$26 million). The sale is scheduled for October 7.

Other highlights of the Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite autumn sale are an 80.88-carat emerald-cut diamond with a pre-sale estimate of HK$78 million to HK$100 million (around US$10 million to US$12.76 million); and the Dunhuang Pipa brooch and necklace by Anna Hu with a 100.02-carat fancy intense yellow diamond, which is valued at HK$40 million to HK$50 million (around US$5.1 million to US$6.4 million).

According to Sotheby’s, the 80.88-carat white diamond is one of only five emerald-cut diamonds exceeding 80 carats with excellent colour and clarity ever to be offered at auction.

Yvonne Chu, acting head of Department, Jewellery at Sotheby’s Hong Kong, remarked, “It is thrilling to be able to bring together three top-class diamonds this autumn, all of which are exceptional in quality and rarely seen on the market, let alone presented in a single sale. We are set for a ‘bright’ season ahead as we continue our tradition of bringing some of the rarest and the most extraordinary gemstones to collectors in Asia and around the world.”

Top-quality gemstones include a 19th century 37.29-carat Burmese sapphire and diamond brooch previously owned by Elizabeth Taylor, and a ruby mounted by American jeweller Raymond Yard. An important jadeite beaded necklace will be on offer, alongside contemporary jadeite designs and a selection of iconic pieces by famed jewellers such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston.