A platinum ring set with a 6.54-carat Fancy Intense pink Internally Flawless oval-cut diamond sold for $8.6 million at Sotheby’s New York City auction. The ring, purchased by Laurence Graff, was the top grossing item. Per carat it sold for $1,313,144.
Graff also purchased the second and third top grossing items. He bought a 52.73-carat emerald-cut VS1, fancy vivid yellow diamond from a private collection for $3.9 million ($73,781 p/c).
The third item was a 22.16-carat, Emerald-cut, D / VVS1 type IIa diamond flanked by two baguette diamonds for $3.44 million ($155,347 p/c).
The Emerald cut diamond is set in a platinum ring that Graff designed.
The jewels offered at the auction were from a number of estates. Those from the collections of Estée Lauder and her daughter Evelyn H. Lauder sold for $22.2 million, above their overall high estimate of $18 million.
Proceeds from the collections will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, founded by Evelyn Lauder in 1993.
All together, the December 5 auction totaled $64.8 million.