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‘The Spectacle’ realises $14.2M at Christie’s


Incorporating five live and online auctions, Christie’s Geneva Spring Luxury Season has achieved a running total of CHF86,539,955 or US$95,193,950 to date, with the online watch sale ‘Watches: The Geneva Edit’ still open for bidding.

One of the three live auctions, the Magnificent Jewels held yesterday achieved a total of CHF 57, 755,750 with a sell-through rate of 91 percent by lot and 98 percent by value. Claiming the leading lot was the 100.94-carat D IF diamond, ‘The Spectacle’ (photo 1), sold for CHF 12,840,500. The nine-piece collection from Emperor Napoleon’s adoptive daughter Stephanie de Beauharnais, Grand Duchess of Baden, including the important sapphire crown of Maria II Queen of Portugal (photo 2), was 100-percent sold with a total of CHF3,286, 250.

Another live auction, Rare Watches, achieved a total of CHF22,936,500 with 94 percent sold by lot and 98 percent sold by value. An 18-karat pink gold Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph Ref 1518 (photo 3) realised CHF1,350,000, making it the top lot of the sale. Eight out of the top 10 were from the Swiss watchmaker. (Photo courtesy: Christie’s)



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