March 15, 2013
today announced that its
, more than a half million over the sale's estimate high. Held this past
Tuesday, March 12
, the results are further evidence of a trend toward consistently strong bidding for exemplary pieces.
Consignment Day, Wednesday, March 20 th
Skinner is holding a consignment day at the
gallery, 63 Park Plaza, on
Wednesday, March 20
. By appointment only from
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
, department director
and members of her staff will provide verbal auction estimates for fine jewelry including gold, diamonds, gemstones, signed, and vintage pieces. While there is no obligation to consign, pieces will be considered for inclusion in one of Skinner's upcoming fine jewelry auctions, held four times annually. Those interested may register for the event at
The auction's cover lot, an early 20
century fine Edwardian carved agate and enamel pendulette by Cartier (lot 553) was the auction's top selling lot. Smashing its pre-sale estimate high of
, the clock brought
. The stunning piece features a rotating ball dial with Roman numeral indicators and a rose-cut diamond star to indicate the time, set atop of the "Three Wise Monkeys," two with rose-cut diamond eyes. Purchased at Cartier,
Charles B. Alexander
, the piece descended to her daughter
Mary Alexander Whitehouse
and then to her daughter, the consignor.
Diamonds and Natural Pearls
Diamonds and pearls continue to inspire heated competition. Several of the sale's highlights outperformed pre-sale estimates, including a natural pearl necklace (lot 535), which exceeded a high estimate set at
. Other strong results include a gray natural pearl and diamond pendant (lot 544), estimated at
, which sold for
, and an emerald intaglio, and
sapphire, brooch which sold
A 6.04 ct. diamond solitaire (lot 473) brought
, and a colored diamond and diamond pendant with old European-cut colored diamonds weighing 7.20 cts (lot 506) brought
Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company's auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series,
, since the show's inception. Skinner has galleries in
with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the
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