Christie’s Hong Kong sale of Magnificent Jewels on May 31, 2012 was 80 percent sold by lot and achieved a total of $89,403,200(HKD 695,744,750). The top lot, the Imperial Cushions, was a pair of cushion-shaped, 24.49-carat and 23.11-carat, D, potentially internally flawless Golconda diamond ear pendants that sold for $9,295,690 to an anonymous buyer.
Vickie Sek, director of the jewelry and jadeite department at Christie’s Asia, said, “With $110 million changing hands in two days, we have just concluded our best season for jewelry and watches in Asia. The Imperial Cushions, a magnificent pair of D-color Golconda diamonds, achieved a world record price of $200,000 per carat as the Asian market continues to grow and position itself as a major center in the international world of auctions.”
On the Christie’s website, Ms Mei Yee Giam, Christie’s Specialist for Jewelry also presents highlights of that particular event. She also explained the origins of the famous Golconda Diamonds.
This interesting video clip is from Christie’s website.