There were plenty of eager bidders at Thursday’s jewellery auction at Bruun Rasmussen in Copenhagen, where an elegant diamond bracelet from the "King of Diamonds" Harry Winston was sold for DKK 510,000 (€ 89,000 including buyer’s premium). This is a Danish auction record for a bracelet, and at the same time it is the second highest hammer price for a piece of jewellery in the history of the auction house, since the record is DKK 650,000 (€ 114,000 including buyer’s premium) for a Cartier ring sold in 2015.
"This is the first time we have sold a piece of jewellery from the legendary American jeweller Harry Winston at one of our international auctions. The bracelet is truly a unique item. It was designed in 1965 by the French jewellery designer Francois Tavernier and was purchased from Harry Winston on 5th Avenue in New York. It doesn’t get much better than that!" says Katrin Mikkelsen Sørensen, Head of international sales, jewellery and wristwatches at Bruun Rasmussen.
The World's Most Famous Jewellery
The House of Harry Winston was founded in New York in 1932 by the gemmologist Harry Winston. He quickly became known as the "King of Diamonds" and "Jeweller to the Stars", and he is the man behind some of the world's most famous gems. His jewellery store has designed jewellery for famous people and royalty for decades, and he was the first in the world to lend diamonds to an award-winning actress at the Academy Awards, where Jennifer Jones wore his jewellery while accepting her Oscar in 1944.
Several Impressive Hammer Prices
There were several great hammer prices at Thursday’s jewellery auction. A set of jewellery from Van Cleef & Arpels from approximately 1960-70 surprised with a hammer price of DKK 200,000 (€ 35,000 including buyer’s premium) against a valuation of DKK 20,000-30,000 (€ 3,500-5,000 including buyer’s premium). A WIN Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring with an oval-cut natural lilac sapphire of approx. 8.92 ct. also achieved a hammer price of DKK 200,000 (€ 35,000 including buyer’s premium) – in line with the valuation of DKK 150,000-200,000 (€ 26,000-35,000 including buyer’s premium). Thursday’s second highest hammer price of DKK 280,000 (€ 49,000 including buyer’s premium) went to a pendant with a brilliant-cut diamond of approx. 3.00 ct., which was estimated at DKK 125,000-150,000 (€ 22,000-26,000 including buyer’s premium).
Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers is one of Scandinavia’s leading international auction houses, and one of Denmark’s oldest. It all started on 6 October 1948, when Arne Bruun Rasmussen conducted the first traditional auction in the saleroom at Bredgade 33 in Copenhagen. Today, Jesper Bruun Rasmussen stands at the helm of the family-run business together with the third generation of the family, his son Frederik and daughter Alexa, and the company’s CEO Jakob Dupont.
In 2004, the first online auction was launched, and today the auction house has expanded to include departments in Copenhagen and Aarhus and representations in Sweden, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Spain, Italy, Thailand and the US. About 100,000 lots are put up for auction each year at the traditional auctions and daily online auctions. Here you can bid on everything from art, antiques, modern design and jewellery to books, coins, stamps, wine and weaponry.