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Imagine proposing to your betrothed with the beautiful blue diamond in the picture. Truly a vintage diamond ring of this beauty would score you many points with not only the little woman but her family as well. Keep imaging however, because this is no ordinary vintage diamond. This baby is a De Beers Millennium Blue Diamond that sold last week for a record auction price of more the $6.3 million at an auction in Hong Kong. The ring was part of a Sotheby’s auction that brought in more $258 million in antiques and art. I guess the recession only hit some of us.
In addition to the De Beers ring, the auction also set an auction price for an imperial white jade seal that was reportedly commissioned by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty and a ceremonial pearl necklace believed to have belonged to Emperor Yongzheng in the 18th Century. The jade seal sold for more than $12 million and the necklace sold for more than $8.7 million. Interestingly enough, the same jade seal sold in 2007 for half what the bidder paid for it last week.
A few weeks ago we told you about the Green Auction that Christie’s in New York will be conducting and wanted to remind everyone that it will take place on Earth Day, April 22, 2010. Many artists are contributing to this auction with the proceeds to benefit four organizations that work to save the planet including Oceana, Central Park Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council and Conservation International. Artists donating works include Alan Sonfist, Maya Lin, George Condo and Keith Tyson. Celebrities will also be involved with this auction including David Duchovny who is auctioning off lunch with him on the set of Californication and Cameron Diaz who is donating two tickets and after party passes to the premiere of the Green Hornet.
Sunday, April 25, 2010, Philip Weiss Auctions, Oceanside, New York, will auction celebrity memorabilia and collectibles including a signed Eric Clapton guitar, a Beatles concert poster and an Elvis Presley signed original contract to purchase Graceland in Memphis. These items and many more like them come from the John Anderson’s collection. John Anderson’s career included assisting UNICEF and other childhood charities, touring as a road manager for B.B. King and promotional aid to media companies and charities.
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