FALL SEASON CALLED 'SPECTACULAR' FOR MAJOR JEWELRY AUCTIONS More than $203 million worth of jewelry changed hands at the major auction houses last fall in one of the most spectacular seasons ever. Christie's sale in Geneva, Switzerland, in November set an all-time record of $71 million for a single sale; Sotheby's sale in New York City followed closely at $53.5 million. Both houses reported full-year jewelry sales increases of more than 30%. Other auction houses also saw an upturn in jewelry sales. William Doyle Galleries in New York City, Skinner Galleries in Boston and Butterfield & Butterfield in San Francisco all reported a rising interest in jewelry, especially among private buyers. John Block, who heads Sotheby's jewelry department in New York, says two important factors came together for this banner fall: A better selection of distinctive pieces.