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A brilliant piece of diamond called the Manami Star, a clock by Cartier that plays tricks with your eyes and a 1962 Triumph bike that has seen more action than most two-wheelers. These hot auction lots created a lot of buzz when they went on the block recently. Here is how they did.
1. The Manami Star
Auctioned by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong for HK$108 million (about RM57.7 million).
One of only three oval diamonds of over 50 carats to appear at auction in living memory, this 88.22-carat, D Colour, Flawless, Type IIa, oval brilliant diamond was the largest to be auctioned in over five years. Deemed perfect according to every critical criterion, it was initially discovered in the form of a 242-carat rough stone in the mine of Jwaneng, located in Botswana. Hotly pursued by three bidders during Sotheby’s auction, it was acquired by a Japanese private collector who immediately named the precious stone the ‘Manami Star’, after his eldest daughter.
2. Cartier Le Temple Chinois Au Dragon Mystery Clock
Auctioned by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong for HK$8 million (about RM4.2 million).
Selling for over three times its pre-auction estimate at Sotheby’s Spring 2019 Important Watches sale, this exceptional mystery timepiece set a world record for a Cartier contemporary clock. This electric-powered automata clock was manufactured in 1989 for the Chinese market, and celebrates Cartier, the clever optical illusion of the mystery clock’s floating hands, and the Orient. Retained in close to new condition, the timepiece is the result of 6,000 hours of work, and is made up of – among other elements – 2,476 diamonds, 55 emeralds, over 200 coral beads, and 2,700 carats of citrine.
3. 1962 Triumph 649cc TR6SS
Auctioned by Bonhams in Stafford for £97,750 (about RM519,351).
One of the star lots of the Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale, this 1962 Triumph 649cc TR6SS achieved a world record auction price worth over three times its top estimate. Considered an outstanding original Trophy model, it was ridden by Bud Ekins – the American bike racer who performed the famous jump as a stunt-double for Steve McQueen in The Great Escape. Even more enticingly, it propelled Ekins to a gold medal victory at the 1962 International Six Days Trial, which explains why the Triumph became the subject of competitive bidding across two continents before being purchased by an American bidder.