JCK’s Ultimate Guide to Jewelry Auctions in 2012

Picking a favorite piece from this year’s jewelry auctions was more difficult than I thought it would be.

In the end, I narrowed it down to the Eric Clapton watch that sold for $3.6 million, Elvis’ Omega Constellation that raked in $52,500, and Steve McQueen’s watch that hauled in $799,500 and was featured on an episode of Breaking Bad.

That’s a lot of cool to choose from if you’re a guy. However, I realized I had an easy decision; check out this car chase scene from the movie Bullitt to understand my rationale.

Elvis’ hips may have swung like no white man’s ever, Clapton may have penned one of the greatest rock love songs ever, but no one does cool like Steve McQueen.

So while McQueen’s watch gets my nod for the best jewelry item bought at auction in 2012, I’m eager to find out our readers’ favorites from the past year. There is plenty of expensive bling to choose from!

6 Carat Pink Diamond Fetches $8.6 Million at Lauder Auction

Rare 3 Carat Red Diamond Highlights Upcoming Christie’s Auction

Deep Blue Diamond Fetches $1 Million a Carat at Auction

Legendary Flawless Diamond Sets World Record at Auction

Eric Clapton Watch Fetches $3.6 Million at Auction

Harry Winston’s Enviable $200,000+ Emerald Earrings

James Bond Watch Fetches More Than $200,000 at Auction

50 Carat Diamond Sells for $9.5 Million at Christie’s

Brooke Astor’s 22.84 Carat Engagement Ring Sells for $1.2 Million at Sotheby’s

5.08 Carat Fancy Pink Diamond Goes for $1.4 Million at Sotheby’s

Steve McQueen Watch Fetches $799,500

Royal Asscher Diamond Ring Auctions for $16,000 to Benefit Charities

JAR’s Ruby Brooch Raises a Stunning $4.3 Million for Charity

Texas Auction House to Sell $500,000 in Jewelry From Convicted Mobster

Elvis Presley’s Omega Constellation Sells for a World Record Price of $52,500

Christie’s London Sets World Record Price for Pearl Sale

Diamonds Score Big at Christie’s New York Auction

Hello Yellow: Graff’s 200 Carat, $2.4 Million Diamond Cluster Necklace

Ruby Sets World Record at Christie’s, Martian Pink Nearly Doubles Estimates

Legendary 35 Carat Beau Sancy Diamond Sells for $9 Million in Record Sotheby’s Auction

True Blood: Sotheby’s Stunning $1.6 Million Burmese Ruby Ring

Fancy Blue Diamond Sets World Record at Sotheby’s Auction

9 Carat Pink Diamond Fetches Record Price at Christie’s

Not All Big Fancy Gems Sell at Sotheby’s Auction

Falling for a 5 Carat Heart-Shape Orangy Pink Diamond

Jeweler Angelique Knafo Wins Three Liz Taylor Pieces at Christie’s Auction

Chopard’s Collar for ‘The Artist’ Star Uggie to Be Auctioned for Charity

Sotheby’s Important Jewels Auction Rakes in $10.3 Million

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