One day, when my worldly trials have ended and I look back on my life’s work, I’m sure that I’ll spend quite a bit of the time I have left on this earth contemplating the blog posts I wrote about auction house press releases for http://www.artnews.com. They will be discussed in the “Auction House Press Releases I Have Blogged” chapter in my memoir, tentatively called http://www.artnews.com: A Life. (It’s a working title.) Who could forget “Sotheby’s Is Selling John Lennon’s Detention Sheet,” or the classic “Met Will Deaccession English Furniture and Decorative Arts Holdings In Christie’s Auction”? “Yes,” I’ll think, as I lay on my deathbed, reassessing my experiences. “I really have done it all, and have been fulfilled.” These blog posts are, in fact, likely the closest thing I’ll ever have to children. I’m not one to pick favorites, and not to get too terribly paratextual on you, but the very blog post you are currently reading, about Christie’s offering–in its “Magnificent Jewels” sale in Geneva on November 10, 2015–of “The largest cushion-shaped Fancy Vivid Pink diamond ever to come to auction,” will undoubtedly rank prominently in my mind’s eye as my existence comes to its inevitable conclusion. What a magnificent jewel! And, Oh, how fancy!
The largest cushion-shaped Fancy Vivid Pink diamond ever to come to auction will embark on a world tour beginning October 2 in Hong Kong, and continue on to New York, London, and Geneva. The largest cushion-shaped Fancy Vivid Pink diamond ever to come to auction is estimated to sell for between $23 million and $28 million. I look forward to the results of the largest cushion-shaped Fancy Vivid Pink diamond ever to come to auction, so that I might file them away, revisiting their memory occasionally with great fondness as I move along this mortal plane, gradually making my way to oblivion.