Duel pink diamonds up for auction

Christie’s and Sotheby’s will soon auction two pink diamonds: the Fortune Pink, estimated at between $25 million and $35 million, and the Williamson Pink Star, expected to exceed $20 million.

Eternal or not, diamonds are undoubtedly women’s best friends… but also those of auction houses! One month apart, two exceptional sales of rare pink diamonds will take place, organized by the two giants of the sector: Christie’s, owned by Artémis, the family holding company of François Pinault (according to challenges), and Sotheby’s, (according to challenges) in 2019.

Williamson’s Pink Star in Hong Kong

On October 5 in Hong Kong, Sotheby's will put the Williamson Pink Star up for sale Credit: Sotheby's

On October 5 in Hong Kong, Sotheby’s will put the Williamson Pink Star up for sale Credit: Sotheby’s

On the one hand, on October 5 in Hong Kong, Sotheby’s will put up for sale the cushion-cut Williamson Pink Star, weighing 11.15 carats, “the second largest impeccable intense pink diamond ever auctioned”, after the Pink Star, an oval diamond of 59.60 carats, and the world record holder at auction for a diamond. Its name honors him and another notable gem, the Williamson, a 23.60-carat brilliant-cut diamond given as a wedding gift to the Queen in 1947 by Canadian geologist John Thorburn Williamson, owner of the same name in Tanzania. “With its unique color, considerable dimensions, and dazzling size, the Williamson Pink Star is both a work of nature and a work of art, among the most fascinating colored diamonds,” describes the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). And whose value could exceed 21 million dollars according to Sotheby’s.

The pink fortune in Geneva

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The “Fortune Pink” diamond to be auctioned in November. © AFP/Files – Fabrice COFFRINI

Meanwhile, on November 8 in Geneva, Christie’s will auction the 18.18-carat Fortune Pink, “the largest pear-shaped pink diamond of this quality ever auctioned.” Estimate: “between 25 and 35 million dollars”, which could attract Asian buyers: 8 is a lucky number in Asia, especially in , a synonym […]

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