07 December 2020

Phillips' Jewels Sale Realizes $3.3 Million



New York, 7 December 2020

Sale Total: $3,309,516 / £2,469,560 / €2,729,026


Lots Sold: 77 | Lots Offered: 105

Sold by Lot: 73% | Sold by Value: 61%



Susan Abeles, Phillips’ Head of Jewels, Americas, said, “Today’s sale demonstrated a continued resilience in the market for exceptional jewels of exquisite provenance. We were honored to have been entrusted with the collection of Florence Knoll Bassett and are pleased report that her section of the sale was 100% sold. Her pieces designed by Alexander Calder saw fierce competition and both sold for nearly twice the low estimate. Signed pieces saw a great deal of enthusiasm from our bidders in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia, particularly works by Cartier, Graff, and Sabbadini. Cartier’s Art Deco Cigar Box performed exceptionally well, soaring to over $60,000 against a low estimate of $15,000. We look forward to our sales in 2021 and in the meantime, invite everyone to participate in our current online auction, which is open until 10 December.”



Top Ten Lots




Price Achieved


A Rare Paraiba Tourmaline, Diamond and Platinum Ring

$ 320,000 - 520,000




Cartier, An Important Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Convertible Tiara, 1925

$ 300,000 - 500,00




A Diamond and Platinum Ring and Pendant Mount, 1966

$80,000 - 120,000




Alexander Calder, A Silver Necklace, 1946

$80,000 - 120,000




A Sapphire, Diamond and Platinum Ring

$50,000 - 80,000




Alexander Calder, Silver Bracelet, 1946

$100,00 - 150,00




Graff, A Diamond and Gold 'Concentric Circle' Necklace/Bracelet

$80,000 - 120,000




Sabbadini, A Ruby, Diamond, Platinum and Gold Ring

$80,000 - 100,000




A Diamond and Platinum Ring

$80,000 - 120,000




A Diamond and Gold Ring

$40,000 - 60,000






Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewelry, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in New York, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world.  In addition to providing selling and buying opportunities through auction, Phillips brokers private sales and offers assistance with appraisals, valuations, and other financial services.

Visit www.phillips.com for further information.


*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Prices Achieved include the buyer's premium and are reported net of applicable fees. 

 Phillips is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions.




NEW YORK – Paul Lerner, Consultant                                             [email protected]                

NEW YORK – Jaime Israni, Senior Public Relations Manager         [email protected]                 



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