JEWELRY, TIMEPIECES, HANDBAGS ANCHOR DAZZLING AUCTIONS FOR HIGH-END COLLECTORS
Heritage Auctions’ inaugural “Heritage Week–Hong Kong,” a series of six auctions and public previews, includes rare collections of jewelry, timepieces and luxury handbags.
“Heritage is pleased to bring together a selection of some of the rarest known gems and finest designer names to the Hong Kong market,” says Jill Burgum, director of fine jewelry at Heritage Auctions. “We have carefully crafted our inaugural boutique auction to reflect the festive color and cheer of the holiday season.”
Among the fine jewelry lots is a breathtaking Kashmir sapphire, diamond, platinum, gold ring crafted by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. “This most valuable of sapphires with Kashmir pedigree radiates a high intensity of color, and boasts no heat enhancement,” Burgum says. “Schlumberger is the first designer permitted to sign his designs for Tiffany & Co.” The piece is expected to realize at least $300,000.
The timepiece auction includes a rare Patek Philippe, Ref. 5970J-001, unused single sealed gold chronograph. “This watch was launched in 2004 and was produced for just seven years, making it a rarity in all four configurations: yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum,” says Jim Wolf, Heritage Auctions’ director of watches and fine timepieces. “The yellow gold version offered in this auction is among the rarest of this extraordinary reference.”
The timepiece auction, Wolf adds, “is both an important and exciting offering to the many high-end collectors of luxury timepieces in Asia, and presents an array of timepieces that never has been offered there before.”
Among the offerings in the luxury handbag auction is a rare 25cm Matte Rose Extreme Alligator Birkin Bag, expected to realize at least $45,000. “The exquisite palladium hardware accents an interior finished in Rose Extreme Chevre Leather to create a bag sought after all over the world,” says Diane D’Amato, director of luxury accessories at Heritage Auctions. “This is a vintage masterwork.”
Previews and auctions for Heritage Week–Hong Kong will be held at the Mira Hong Kong Hotel. Information on all auction items can be found at HA.com/HeritageWeek.
This story appears in the Winter 2018-2019 edition of The Intelligent Collector magazine. Click here to subscribe to the print edition