‘Exceptionals’ Showcased in Mumbai Auction

In its upcoming Jewellery, Silver and Timepieces auction – ‘The Exceptionals’, AstaGuru is set to exhibit an exquisite assortment of coveted jewellery, vintage silver pieces and remarkable timepieces. This collection showcases the pinnacle of craftsmanship from both India and Europe, honouring their rich artistic heritage. The auction is scheduled to be held on May 12th-13th, 2024.

Speaking of the jewellery curation in the catalogue, Jay Sagar, Jewellery Expert, AstaGuru Auction House says, “We’re thrilled to present an exquisite array of pieces featuring rare gemstones in our upcoming auction. From Zambian emeralds to Burmese rubies, natural pearls, and exceptional diamonds, each item showcases some of the world’s most sought-after and unique gemstones. Collectors will discover both understated and intricately designed pieces spanning various eras in this catalogue that are destined to become cherished heirlooms for generations to come.”


Leading the jewellery section is Lot no. 26, A Vintage Suite of Art Deco Platinum Jewellery. The French-made suite comprises a necklace, a bracelet, a pair of ear clips and a ring. Mounted in platinum, set with old European cut diamonds, diamond baguettes and Burmese ruby cabochons, the suite is estimated to be sold at INR 1,60,00,000 – 1,85,00,000.


Lot no. 53 is A Vintage Natural Pearl Necklace. The five row necklace with finely matched natural pearls. The necklace featuring Art Deco side terminals set with old cut diamonds in platinum is affixed with a vintage floral clasp set with old cut diamonds and an emerald bead. The lot is estimated to be sold at INR 90,00,000 – 1,00,00,000.

An Impressive Ruby Bead Necklace, Lot no. 14, is estimated at a value of INR 1,43,42,000 – 1,60,00,000. The eight row necklace is strung with a chedia with finely matched and graduating Burmese ruby beads. The ruby beads range from 3.38 – 3.85 mm to 9.30 – 10.20 mm.


Lot no. 6 is An Important Emerald & Diamond Necklace set as a two row necklace in 18k yellow gold. Designed with an alternating pattern showcasing an emerald and a diamond, the necklace features emeralds of a very fine quality. The lot is estimated to sell at INR 95,00,000 – 1,10,00,000.

Another stunning piece is Lot no. 47, An Important Diamond Bracelet that is set in gold with cushion cut diamonds, diamond marquise, diamond pears, diamond baguettes and round diamonds. It is accompanied with a cultured pearl extension that can be attached to the bracelet in order to wear it as a choker. It is estimated at INR 71,00,000 – 75,00,000.

Talking about the impressive timepieces on auction, Jehangir Readymoney, AstaGuru’s Luxury Timepiece Expert, states, “The surge of interest in luxury and vintage watches among collectors over recent years has been remarkable. We’re excited to meet this demand by presenting a selection of rare and limited edition timepieces from globally renowned brands. Whether you’re a seasoned watch enthusiast or a novice collector eager to acquire a unique piece, these watches are perfect additions to any collection.”

The horology section of our auction will feature an extensive selection of both vintage and contemporary timepieces from esteemed luxury brands like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Chopard, Cartier and more. From high complication pieces to exquisitely crafted statement watches adorned with jewels, there’s a diverse range of offerings to suit every collector’s taste.


Leading the auction is Lot no. 180, a Patek Philippe Nautilus Stainless Steel Wristwatch Reference 5726/1A-010. The iconic Nautilus is arguably the most sought after Patek Philippe watch model. This Nautilus annual calendar wristwatch with day, date, moon phases, 24 hours indication on a striking piano white dial, features a stainless steel brushed and polished bracelet with a folding clasp. This lot is estimated to be sold at INR 77,50,000 – 90,00,000.


Lot no. 107 is a Richard Mille RM 16 18k Rose Gold Wristwatch Reference RM016. The sleek and exquisite wristwatch features a transparent skeleton dial and date aperture at 7 o’clock. The lot features a black dial with white hour marker composition and a sapphire crystal display back secured by 4 screws. The lot is estimated to be sold at INR 48,00,000 – 68,00,000.

A Cartier Tortue 18k White Gold & Diamond Wristwatch (Limited Edition) Reference 2617 J, lot no. 125, is a rare wristwatch with a diamond-set case, crown and bezel. Created circa 2007, the watch features a cloisonne enamel dial depicting a white horse racing through mystical clouds and waves. It is estimated at INR 38,00,000 – 48,00,000.

Estimated at INR 12,50,000 – 16,50,000, Lot no. 155 is an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore (Sachin Tendulkar) Limited Edition Stainless Steel Wristwatch Reference 26182ST.OO.D018CR.01. From a limited edition of 300 pieces, the watch features a white toned silver dial with luminous blue-toned hands and white chronograph subdials. The Blue Tachymeter ring on the outer perimeter of the dial fixed octagonal signature bezel designed by Gerald Genta.

Lot no. 79, a Rolex Submariner (Kermit) Stainless Steel Wristwatch Reference 16610LV. The 50th anniversary model, the wristwatch features Black dial with a ’Kermit Green’ steel rotating bezel. Crafted white gold hands for hour, minute and second, luminous applied batons for hours and an Oyster steel bracelet with fold clasp. The presented lot is estimated at INR 13,50,000 – 15,50,000.


The array of silver works on offer feature works of impeccable craftsmanship emerging from India and exquisite pieces from some of the most renowned silversmiths of Europe.

Lot no. 61 is A Pair of Hallmarked Victorian Four-Light Silver Candelabra by Edward & John Barnard, London. The rare pair of ornate candelabra features a decorative central column and fine acanthus decorated branches. Each candelabrum rests on three scroll feet. The makers
Edward Barnard & Sons were appointed as the royal silversmiths, circa 1840. The presented lot is estimated to be sold at INR 26,00,000 – 28,00,000.


Lot no. 73 is An Impressive Silver Water Fountain, executed circa 1940, estimated at INR 14,00,000 – 18,00,000. A fine example of decorative silver objects created in North India, the presented silver water fountain rests on three feet with detailed chase work executed on the top section, while the bottom showcases embossed designs on the receiver bowl. The scene depicted is reminiscent of a pond, along with representation of the flora and fauna observed in such a location, including figurines of tulips, flamingos and birds perched on branches.

Another exquisite testament of European craftsmanship, lot no. 65, is an English Hallmarked Silver Tray by D & J Welby, London. Executed in 1916, the rectangular body of the tray is decorated with high relief scroll and floral designs, and features a rope motif border. The decorative handles feature a scrolling shell design. The lot is estimated at INR 5,50,000 – 6,00,000.


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