Bidders went really crazy over this auction! A 9-carat pink diamond known as “The Clark Pink” was sold for a whopping amount of $15.7 million. The pink diamond owned by Huguette M. Clark was expected to fetch something between $6 million and $8 million; however, the actual results surpassed all these expectations. Preliminary reports suggest that “The Clark Pink” has fetched the highest price ever for a pink diamond in a US based auction.
Huguette M. Clark passed away last year at an age of 104 and ever since the auction was announced, it garnered huge attention among jewelry collectors. Clark was often considered as one of the very last heiresses of the Gilded Age of United States and she had a rather reclusive life in her latter days. The 12 items from her collection that were auctioned are believed to be kept inside vaults since 1940s.
Clark’s collection also included an ancient clock, an Art Deco Diamond Bracelet from Cartier, A bracelet with sapphire, emerald, ruby & gold, a 19.86 carat diamond ring by Cartier, picture frames etc. The entire collection was expected to fetch something around $9 million, but it took in a total of $20 million, more than double of the original expectations.
The entire collection was auctioned as part of the Magnificent Jewels Sale from Christie’s and was held at the New York headquarters of the organization. A total of 305 items including the “The Clark Pink” were up for sale and the auction took $70.7 million in total.