The Winston Pink Legacy diamond has been sold for €44,423,358 (£38.5m) at Christie’s November Luxury auction in Geneva.
Registered bidders from 51 countries, across six continents, participated in the ‘Magnificent Jewels’ sale. The Winston Pink legacy, the largest and fancy vivid pink diamond ever offered at auction by Christie’s, realised a world auction record price per carat for a pink diamond.
After five minutes of “spirited” bidding, the diamond previously belonging to the Oppenheimer family, was acquired by the Harry Winston collection.
Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s international head of jewellery, said: “This exceptional diamond captured the imagination of international collectors across the globe, with over 30,000 people visiting Christie’s sale previews to see this remarkable stone. It has taken its rightful place among the world’s greatest diamonds, and setting a world auction record per carat.”
Art adviser Joseph Friedman, representing the vendor of The Pink Legacy, added: “My client is extremely pleased with the result and Christie’s expert handling of every aspect of the auction. She is especially pleased that so many people were able to view the diamond when it travelled on exhibition to London, Hong Kong, and New York, ahead of the auction in Geneva.”
Nayla Hayek, president and CEO, Swatch Group/ Harry Winston said: “We are proud to continue in the Winston tradition of acquiring the finest gems in the world and tonight The Winston Pink Legacy joins our incredible legacy collection, which began with the acquisition of the 101 carat, D Flawless, Winston Legacy diamond at Christie’s in 2013.”