Factor diamond leads $1.75M jewelry and watch auction


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This massive 18 karat rose gold minute repeating watch with chronograph, perpetual calendar and moon phases, made for Beyer, Zurich, circa 1896, settled at $29,875 at a recent Heritage Auction Galleries Jewelry & Timepieces auction.

DALLAS – A stunningly beautiful 11.99 carat pear-shaped diamond and platinum ring, from the Dorothy & Sidney Factor Collection brought $131,450 – with all proceeds going to charity – to lead Heritage Auction Galleries’ May 3-4 Signature® Fine Jewelry and Fine Timepieces auctions. All prices include a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium.

“This amazing diamond is the crowning jewel of the Factor Family Collection,” said Jill Burgum, Director of Jewelry Auctions at Heritage, “and, as such, it’s no surprise that it would lead the auction. The family has always been amazing philanthropists, and with the donation of the proceeds to charity, this just further burnishes their already sterling reputation.”

The fine jewelry portion of the auction finished with a $1.045 million total, while the fine timepieces came in at just more than $750,000. More than 950 bidders competed for the assorted gems, jewelry and watches.

A rare 5.60 carat LucidaTM diamond set in platinum from Tiffany & Co. added plenty of excitement to the proceedings as the final lot in the auction, selling for $101,575, while strong interest sparked a bidding war on a diamond and gold necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels, which rocketed past its starting bid of $6,000, to hammer at $16,000.

“We had a fabulous turnout with an audience of floor bidders competing strong against both phone and Internet bidders,” said Burgum. “Along with the high gold market, it appears that the economy is improving and that helped achieve significant results.”

There was plenty of significant bidding action on the various fine timepiece offerings, with solid prices realized across the board. Of the watches performing particularly well, a trio of rare Rolexes showed particular strength, bringing in almost $60,000 total — very respectable prices on today’s market.

The American pocket watch market was bolstered by exceptional results as a rare Nashua Watch Co. watch brought $26,290 and a rare model 72 Waltham reached a record price of $14,340 after the gavel went down.

“I was very pleased with the attention these American pocket watches received,” said Wolf. “When truly rare American timepieces, like these beauties, are offered for sale the notice they bring is considerable, and the prices are commensurate.”

European watches were solid throughout the auction with the featured lots in particular drawing the eyes of collectors. A James Nardin, Locle, extremely fine gold minute repeating pocket watch with chronograph, perpetual calendar and moon phase, circa 1880s, rose to a $21,510 finish, while a Swiss extremely fine and massive 18 karat rose gold minute repeating watch with chronograph, perpetual calendar and moon phases, made for Beyer, Zurich, circa 1896, found a new home with a $29,875 price tag and a Patek Philippe & Cie rare and very fine gold trip minute repeater, two train tandem wind pocket watch, circa 1904, showed considerable strength as it finished as the top watch of the day with a $32,863 price realized.

For more information on this and other Heritage auctions, visit www.ha.com.

Photos courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries.

If you’re interested in vintage wristwatches, read Timeless design fuels vintage watch collecting by Reyne Haines



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This 11.99 carat pear-shaped diamond and platinum ring, from the Dorothy & Sidney Factor collection, brought $131,450; the proceeds will go to charity.
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Accompanied by its original signed box, the 5.6 carat Lucida-cut Tiffany & Co. ring weighed in at 12 grams and fetched a final price of $101,575.

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