Auction house Christie’s online sale Colorful Whimsy: Jewels by Michele della Valle, an Italian jewellery designer, achieved a total of $799,125 with 100% sold by lot, 100% sold by value, and 193% hammer above low estimate.
The top lot of the sale featured a pair of yellow sapphire, tsavorite garnet, and diamond lemon earrings which sold for $75,000 against the low estimate of $7,000. All of the 65 exquisite lots offered were sold with many greatly exceeding their initial estimates.
Caroline Ervin, Specialist for Christie’s Jewels, said: “We are delighted with the results received for this special online auction dedicated to one of the most vibrant names in jewellery—Michele della Valle. With a background in opera and the arts, della Valle’s aptitude for creative output knows no bounds. For decades, della Valle has delighted jewellery collectors and fans alike with his bold and colorful creations. His unexpected and whimsical creations offered in our sale were met with enthusiasm from Christie’s clients around the world.”