A 100-carat yellow diamond sold for 14.5 million Swiss francs ($16.3 million)
The drama overshadowed a three-session auction where at least seven records were set, according to the auction house. Highlights included:
* The highest total ever achieved for an auction of jewelry from various owners at more than $141.4 million.
* A 70.33-carat D-color, flawless cushion brilliant-cut, type IIa diamond sold for more than $14.2 million, followed by a round of applause.
* A 12.07-carat marquise-shaped fancy pink diamond ring sold for more than $7.2 million, setting a world auction record for a price per carat for a pink diamond at $601,228 US per carat.
* One of the largest round diamonds in the world at 103.46 carats set on a ring by Graff sold for more than $4.8 million.
* A 25.32-carat brilliant-cut, D color, IF diamond sold for more than $6.2 million and $246,710 per carat, setting a world auction record price per carat for a round colorless diamond.
* The last lot of the evening, a ring set with two fancy blue pear-shaped diamonds, one fancy vivid weighing 3.08 carats the a fancy intense blue of 2.83 carats, sold for nearly $6.5 million.
* Jewels from the collection of Flora Sassoon totaled more than $3.3 million, led by a diamond necklace that sold for more than $1.2 million, well above its $700,000 high estimate.
* All 19 pieces from the collection of Madame Picha-Eisenstein sold for more than $1 million, more than double its estimate.
* A Van Cleef & Arpels gold and diamond owned by Jaqueline Auriol sold for $276,203, 12 times is estimate.
There was competitive bidding throughout the evening between those in the room, phone bidders and a few Internet bidders.
One disappointment was that the 31.34-carat “Victory Diamond,” named in honor of the Allied victory in World War II, did not sell. It had an estimate of $5 – $8 million.