A 6.29 ct. Burma ruby sold for $1.32 million at Doyle New
York’s Important Estate Jewelry auction April 13.
The ruby ring by Cartier sold for more than $200,000 per carat,
making it one of the highest prices per carat ever achieved for a ruby at
auction. The ring was the highlight of Alice Appleton Hay’s jewelry collection,
which was offered in a special section of the auction.
Cartier ruby and diamond ring in platinum, centering one 6.29 ct. octagonal-cut ruby, flanked by 2 baguette diamonds
Hay was the daughter-in-law of John Hay, President Lincoln’s
private secretary and later Secretary of State under Presidents William
McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.
Doyle New York’s Important Estate Jewelry auction totaled more than $9 million, exceeding the presale estimate of $4 million to $6 million.
An antique diamond Currant Leaf en pampille brooch, circa
1850, was another highlight at the auction, selling for $332,500.
Antique silver, gold, and diamond currant “en pampille” brooch
Rare gold, enamel, and split pearl perfume sprinkler and
timepiece in the form of a miniature flintlock pistol (Photos courtesy
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