Natural Pearl Necklace Sells for World Auction Record $5.1 Million

The necklace comprises four strands of 81, 76, 69 and 63 natural gray and brown pearls, measuring approximately 12.65 to 4.90 mm. The Swiss Gemmo-logical Institute report confirms the authenticity of these saltwater natural pearls that, according to the report, have no indications of artificial color modification.

In addition, a single-strand natural pearl necklace was also among the top 10 lots sold at the auction. Designed as a graduated strand of 46 natural pearls, measuring 6.95 to 11.90 mm, the necklace sold for just over $1 million.

Despite the record breaking price for the four-strand pearl necklace, the top lot of the sale was a 5.29-carat fancy intense purplish pink diamond (pictured above) on a ring that sold for more than $5.7 million (or just under $1.1 million per carat), topping its $5 million high estimate.

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