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Monday, August 26, 2013

Rock Your Body with Important Jewels Auction at Sotheby’s New York 24 SEPTEMBER 2013

Sotheby’s first jewelry auction of the autumn auction season will be held in New York on 24 September 2013, with a public exhibition beginning 20 September in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries.

Gary Schuler, Director of Sotheby’s Jewelry department in New York, said: “The strength of our September sale lies in the remarkable breadth of property that is fresh-to-the-market, emerging from both estates and private collections. We are delighted to offer jewels from the collection of Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt, featuring custom-designed and period pieces by French jewelers such as Schlumberger, Suzanne Belperron and René Boivin. We also have pieces from the family of philanthropist George Rothman, whose collection is led by a beautiful 19.51 carat emerald-cut diamond ring from Harry Winston. This diamond – one of several important white diamonds on offer by private sellers this September – is the caliber of stone that is sure to generate early excitement in the global jewelry market this auction season.”

Following Sotheby’s spring sales of important Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art from the collection of Alex & Elisabeth Lewyt, the September auction will offer a selection of jewels from the collection by French designers including Van Cleef & Arpels, Schlumberger and Suzanne Belperron. The group also showcases the abstracted naturalistic designs of René Boivin, highlighted by a fully articulated Labrador Retriever brooch that is both charming and sophisticated.

Platinum and Diamond Double-Clip Pendant-Brooch, Schlumberger,

set with marquise-shaped diamonds weighing 5.22 and 5.28 carats,

both E color, VS1 clarity

Estimate $200/300,000

18 Karat Gold, Blackened Gold, Colored Diamond, Diamond, Citrine and Ruby Dog Brooch, René Boivin

Estimate $70/90,000

Jewels from the family of George Rothman, the successful real estate developer and philanthropist who created the Rothman Foundation, feature pieces signed by Bulgari, David Webb and Van Cleef & Arpels. The top lot of the collection is the Winston diamond ring, set with a beautifully-shaped, emerald-cut diamond of nearly 20 carats.

Platinum and Diamond Ring, Harry Winston

19.51 carats, E color, VVS2 clarity, improvable, type IIa

Estimate $1.2/1.8 million


Property from a New York Estate

Platinum and Diamond Ring

15.10 carats, D color, VVS2 clarity, potentially Internally Flawless, type IIa 

Estimate $1.25/1.75 million

Property of a Lady, Texas

Platinum and Diamond Ring

9.77 carats, D color, Internally Flawless, type IIa

Estimate $800,000/1.2 million


Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973) and France (2001), and the firstinternational fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in eight different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby’sBidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids in real-time from anywhere in the world. Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as private saleopportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art department, as well as Sotheby’s Diamonds and Sotheby’s Wine. Sotheby’s has a global network of 90 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium and prices achieved include the hammer price plus buyer’s premium.

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