10 Things Rocking the Industry: December 2014–January 2015

1. AuctionsNovember was a ­blockbuster month for auctions, with four significant sales benchmarks set in 10 days. On Nov. 11, the Blue Belle of Asia sold for $17.3 million at Christie’s Geneva. That day at Sotheby’s Geneva, the Henry Graves Super­complication, created in the 1930s by 175-year-old Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe, sold for $24 million—more than doubling its 14-year-old record of $11 million. The next night at Sotheby’s Geneva, the 8.62 ct. Graff Ruby sold for a record $8.6 million. And don’t ­forget diamonds! On Nov. 20, Sotheby’s New York sold a 9.75 ct. fancy vivid blue pear-shape for $32.6 million, a record price per carat ($3.3 million) for any diamond.2. CelebritiesAnyone who’s ever worn lace gloves or a pile of rubber bracelets can attest to the power of Desperately Seeking Susan, the 1985 mistaken-identities caper that spawned a Madonna fashion craz

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