On Nov. 13, Christie’s Geneva sold the much-hyped 18.96 ct. fancy vivid Pink Legacy (pictured) for $50.3 million to Harry Winston—setting a new per-carat record for a pink diamond.
Its new owner has since rechristened the rectangular-cut VS1-clarity gem the Winston Pink Legacy.
The hammer price came after what Christie’s called “five minutes of spirited bidding” and topped the diamond’s pre-auction estimate of $30 million–$50 million.
The 18.96-carat VS1 clarity Pink Legacy diamond sells for a hammer price of 44.5 mln CHF (pre-sale estimate 30-50 mln CHF), at Christie’s magnificent jewels auction in Geneva #diamond pic.twitter.com/SNGcRCrRZg
— Jewellery Outlook (@JOutlook) November 13, 2018
The Legacy’s $2.7 million per-carat price tops the previous record holder, the 14.93 ct. fancy vivid Pink Promise, which fetched $2.1 million a carat in Hong Kong last year. But the Legacy’s overall price still fell below the $71 million garnered by the 59.5 ct. fancy vivid Pink Star, which in 2017 set a world auction record at Sotheby’s not only for a pink diamond but any kind of diamond or gemstone.
Christie’s described the Pink Legacy as “descended” from the Oppenheimer family, which formerly controlled De Beers, though it did not specify which family member owned the gem. Before its sale, the family had sold it to a private collector.
This is at least the third major diamond that has been purchased by Harry Winston since it was bought by the Swatch Group in 2013.
“We are proud to continue in the Winston tradition of acquiring the finest gems in the world,” said Winston president and CEO Nayla Hayek in a statement. “Tonight, the Winston Pink Legacy joins our incredible legacy collection, which began with the acquisition of the 101 ct. D flawless Winston Legacy diamond at Christie’s in 2013.”
Winston also bought a 13 ct. fancy vivid blue for $24.2 million in 2014.
(Image courtesy of Christie’s)