The diamonds formerly known as the Apollo Blue and Artemis Pink are now officially the world’s most valuable earrings.
The mismatched duo, a 14.54 ct. fancy vivid blue and 16 ct. fancy intense pink, sold for $57.2 million at Sotheby’s May 16 jewelry auction in Geneva, Switzerland.
The two items were sold separately, although they were purchased by the same anonymous buyer, who rechristened them “The Memory of Autumn Leaves” (the blue) and “The Dream of Autumn Leaves” (the pink). The blue fetched $42 million; the pink, $15.3 million.
The final prices came within their estimates. The blue was expected to fetch between $38 million and $50 million, the pink, between $12 and $18 million.
The stone’s original names, bestowed by Sotheby’s, came from the twin Greek gods.
In addition, a 7.04 ct. fancy intense purplish pink diamond sold for $13.2 million, or $1.8 million a carat, which is a new record price for a fancy intense purple diamond, on both an overall price and per-carat basis.
(Image courtesy of Sotheby’s)