Sotheby’s set the record auction price for a pair of earrings, selling a duo of blue and pink diamond jewels for $57.4 million in Geneva.
The earrings, known as the “Apollo Blue” and the “Artemis Pink,” were bought by the same buyer, who wants to remain anonymous, Sotheby’s said. Named after ancient Greek gods, the pear-shaped earrings were estimated at $50 to $68 million combined. “Apollo Blue” sold for 42 million and “Artemis Pink” 15 million.
The buyer renamed the 14.54-carat blue diamond “The Memory of Autumn Leaves” and the 16-carat pink diamond “The Dream of Autumn Leaves.” The previous record price for earrings was set by the “Miroir de l’ Amour” two pear-shaped white diamond earrings that Christie’s sold for $17.7 million in November.
Colored diamonds have been setting records recently. Christie’s sold the 14.62-carat ‘‘Oppenheimer Blue’’ for $58 million last year, while Sotheby’s auctioned off the 59.6-carat ‘‘Pink Star’’ for $71 million last month, a record auction price for any gem.