Major auction houses are holding a series of online jewellery sales amid virus-induced lockdown policies and travel restrictions.
Christie’s for instance is rescheduling postponed auctions to later dates while revising its online-only sales calendar.
The company said its Hong Kong Spring Auctions, originally scheduled for the week of May 30 to June 3, will now be held in the week of July 5. This includes its Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels sale, which generated HK$348.64 million in May last year.
Francis Belin, president of Christie’s Asia Pacific, said July could present a better sales environment considering the Covid-19 outbreak. “Our goal is to best serve our consignors and our clients through building successful sales for auction, private and online channels. We look forward to reconvening in July,” he continued.
Christie’s is instead offering a spring-inspired collection at a Jewels Online sale from April 13 to 24, which will feature a broad selection of iconic designs by renowned jewellers including Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, David Webb, Graff, Tiffany & Co, Van Cleef & Arpels and Verdura.
More than 160 jewels will be offered while bidding on lots will start below US$2,000. Other online auctions are scheduled throughout April to June.
Its Important Jewels auction in London and Fine Jewels sale in Paris will be held as scheduled on June 17 and June 18, respectively, according to its calendar. The Magnificent Jewels auctions in New York and Geneva also appear to be happening on June 11 and July 1, respectively.
Sotheby’s is likewise presenting a series of online auctions from April to May 2020. These include Jewels Online sales on April 7 to 15 and May 12 to 21.