Sotheby’s x New York City Ballet to Bow ‘Nutcracker’-Inspired Performance

If there can be no Nutcracker at the New York City Ballet (NYCB) this year, let there at least be a virtual version. And if the dancers are wearing jewels of the highest order? Even better.

That’s what Sotheby’s had in mind when the auction house planned a film in collaboration with the NYCB, featuring soloist Sebastian Villarini-Velez and Corps de Ballet member India Bradley (both pictured below). The production, titled The Nutcracker Reimagined, was filmed in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries in New York City and features original choreography by NYCB soloist and choreographer Peter Walker. And best of all, the dancers are adorned in select jewels from the auction house’s December jewelry and watch auctions.

Sothebys NY Ballet dancers
India Bradley (left) and Sebastian Villarini-Velez (photos: Erin Baiano)

On Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. EST, The Nutcracker Reimagined will be broadcast on multiple platforms, including, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook, as a way to celebrate Sotheby’s Festival of Wonder, a two-week-long, multicategory luxury series of live and online sales. To view the performance when it airs, RSVP here; viewers will also be able to access it for a limited time on Sotheby’s website.

As for the must-shop Festival of Wonder sales, a highlight is the live Magnificent Jewels auction, on Dec. 9, a glittery snow globe of fancy color diamonds, emeralds, and icy aquamarines. I’m giving rounds of applause to the “sugarplum fairies” below.

Sothebys fancy vivid pink diamond
Ring with 5.03 ct. rectangular mixed-cut Fancy Vivid Pink diamond and two triangular step-cut Fancy Intense Blue diamonds (Lot 75)
David Michael koi pond brooch
Koi Pond brooch with portrait-cut rock crystal, mother-of-pearl, tumbled black diamonds, round and baguette diamonds, moonstones, tsavorites, carved cacholong, and gray spinels; David Michael (Lot 40)
Tiffany bracelet
Rosé bracelet with buff-top yellow sapphires, calibré-cut emeralds, square-cut yellow sapphires, and round diamonds, and “evening sky” composed of emerald-cut sapphires centering a rose-cut diamond “moon”; Tiffany & Co. (Lot 64)
Cartier emerald and diamond ring
Ring in yellow gold with 21.86 ct. emerald-cut emerald and diamonds; Cartier (Lot 105)



Top: The live Magnificent Jewels auction is taking place on Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. EST and includes this Van Cleef & Arpels ballerina brooch in 18k gold with diamond, rubies, and turquoise (Lot 133)


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