Sotheby’s To Auction 133-Carat Yellow Diamond

AuctionsNov 30, 2023

Sotheby’s To Auction 133-Carat Yellow Diamond

The stone headlining the upcoming sale could fetch up to $5 million.

133 carat yellow diamond
A 133.03-carat fancy vivid yellow diamond is a highlight of Sotheby’s upcoming auction and could sell for up to $5 million.
New York—A yellow diamond weighing more than 133 carats is headlining Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York on Dec. 5.

The 133.03-carat fancy vivid yellow diamond is estimated to sell for $4 million to $5 million.

133 carat yellow diamond
A loose, cushion-cut fancy vivid yellow diamond weighing 133.03 carats

Other diamond pieces making an appearance include a necklace with 95 pear-shaped diamonds. 

Weighing more than 28 carats each, two pear-shaped diamonds on the ends of the necklace hang suspended from two rows of similarly cut diamonds totaling 120.20 carats. 

pear shape diamond necklace
A negligee-style diamond necklace with 95 pear-shaped diamonds, including two internally flawless stones weighing more than 28 carats each

A 35-carat cushion-cut diamond and a 7-carat fancy intense orangy pink diamond, as well several diamond pieces from Harry Winston, are also being offered.

Harry Winston wreath necklace and bracelet
A Harry Winston cluster-style necklace set with round, pear- and marquise- shaped diamonds estimated to sell for $700,000 to $1 million, and a Harry Winston bracelet of a similar design with an estimate of $650,000 to $850,000

In addition to the diamond offerings, the auction will also feature pieces from the collections of Hollywood stars, including two belonging to Frank Sinatra’s wife, “Lady Blue Eyes,” Barbara Sinatra. 

The couple spent more than two decades together.  

Barbara received several jewelry gifts from her lover over the years, including the two pieces featured in the upcoming sale—a Bulgari emerald, diamond and cultured pearl choker and a 16.19-carat diamond ring. 

Her 20-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring— the one Frank “proposed” with by dropping it in a glass of champagne—sold at auction in 2018, leading the sale garnering $1.7 million. 

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Sotheby’s will also offer jewels from the collection of comedian Red Skelton and his wife, Lothian Toland Skelton.

Richard “Red” Skelton, one of the twentieth century’s most beloved performers, enjoyed a career that spanned various forms of media, and was notably furthered by the advent of television.

The advancement allowed him to share his skill with pantomime and physical impressions with a wider audience and led to the creation of “The Red Skelton Show” and later, “The Red Skelton Hour,” which ran from 1951 to 1971 and was one of the top ten rated shows for 17 of those years. 

He built his jewelry collection over the course of his career, befriending Beverly Hills jeweler William Ruser and developing an eye for gemstones. 

Red Skelton ring
A Harry Winston ring featuring a 23.65-carat pear-shaped diamond flanked by baguette diamonds from the Skeltons’ collection

However, he did not want anything to interfere with his ability to engage with his audiences and to fully embody his characters, Sotheby’s said, so he kept his interest in jewels separate from his public persona.

The comic’s interest in jewelry may have come from his grandmother, who advised him that gemstones were a wise investment and could provide security for the future, according to Sotheby’s. 

She gave him an emerald that he later had mounted in a ring, a piece that will be offered in the upcoming sale and is estimated to sell for $200,000 to $300,000.

Sotheby’s will also offer a Jean Schlumberger bracelet and Verdura ‘Sea Horse’ brooch from the collection of Emmy-winning actor best known for playing Felix Unger in the television adaptation of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” Anthony Leonard Randall, and his wife Heather Randall. 

In addition, the auction house will feature 21 pieces that once belonged to actress Mary Tyler Moore, the sales of which will benefit the Mary Tyler Moore Vision Initiative.

Other jewels from the houses of Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Harry Winston, and David Webb will also be up for grabs.

More information about the sale can be found on Sotheby’s website

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