Category: Auction News

Antique Chinese hair ornaments at Christie’s

Carved jade and elaborate hair ornaments have been part of Chinese culture since the beginning of civilization – and they weren’t just for women. Men wore some of the biggest and flashiest. This week, Christie’s has some beautiful examples on the block.

Pink diamond sets auction record

A fabulous five-carat pink diamond sold today at Christie’s Hong Kong for $10,776,660, the highest per-carat price ever paid for a diamond. No doubt about it: fancy-colored diamonds are hot – and Hong Kong has become a major market for gemstones.

Bernie Madoff’s bling sold

Bernie and Ruth Madoff’s jewels were auctioned off this weekend. His 17 Rolexes disappointed but Ruth’s baubles were snatched up by buyers eagers to help pay off Madoff’s victims – or so they said. Best excuse for a spending spree we’ve had all year.

Jeweled objets d’art at Christie’s NYC

In the 1930s, Van Cleef & Arpels was commissioned by a Maharajah to create an aquarium for his pet tree frog. “La Maison d’Hortense” was outfitted with a tiny gold ladder for the frog to ascend or descend, according to…