Renowned jeweler Laurence Graff has a habit of spending big at the big jewel and art auctions but this week Graff really went overboard spending $40 million this week on rare red and blue diamonds in Geneva and scooping up contemporary art in New York. Bloomberg reports
that Graff paid $8.4 million for a Warhol soup-can picture, $15.7 million for Warhol's double image of Elvis Presley. as well as Warhol pictures of Jackie Kennedy and Truman Capote and Jean-Michel Basquiat's portrait of Sugar Ray Robinson. In an interview Graff was quoted as saying that what he bought he mostly got at low estimates and that he thinks they will go higher (this even as a prominent art dealer named Warhol and Basquiat as two of the most overpriced artists). Graff wasn't just buying, he also sold $10 million of art at this week's auctions.
Also on Graff's shopping list this week on the business side was the 493 carat Letseng Legacy, the world's 18th largest known diamond. Graff and manufacturing partner SAFDICO beat out 10 other diamantaires, eventually paying $10.4 million.