Christie’s has announced the results of its online sale The Colorful Whimsy: Jewels by Michele della Valle which achieved a total of $799,125 (£574,000), 193% above its low estimate.
The top lot of the sale was a pair of yellow sapphire, tsavorite garnet, and diamond lemon earrings which sold for $75,000 (£53,900) against the low estimate of $7,000 (£5,000). All of the 65 lots offered were sold with many greatly exceeding their initial estimates.
Other items included a topaz, cultured pearl and diamond earrings which sold for $21,250 (£15,100), a diamond and yellow sapphire pendant which sold for $22,500 (£16,200) and a red agate diamond and tsavorite earrings which went under the hammer for a price realised of $37,500 (£27,000).
Caroline Ervin, specialist for Christie’s Jewels, commented: “We are delighted with the results received for this special online auction dedicated to one of the most vibrant names in jewellery—Michele della Valle.
“With a background in opera and the arts, della Valle’s aptitude for creative output knows no bounds. For decades, della Valle has delighted jewellery collectors and fans alike with his bold and colourful creations. His unexpected and whimsical creations offered in our sale were met with enthusiasm from Christie’s clients around the world.”