Diamonds have a long history. The love of diamonds too is not new. From ancient people to the ones living in 21st Century, everybody valued diamonds and got attracted to the shiny stones. There are intense diamond lovers who shell out millions in diamond auctions.
Further ahead, read who bought what and at what price. Some jaw-dropping figures await you:
The Graff Pink
The Graff Pink, earlier known as “Fancy Intense Pink” was sold at Sotheby’s in Geneva, Switzerland. The diamond was purchased by billionaire jeweler Laurence Graff at a price which only a few could afford – $46 million. Yes, you read it write. The actual price is 45.4 million Swiss Francs.
Wittelsbach – Graff Diamond
The Wittelsbach – Graff Diamond, found in Golconda mines in India, was auctioned in London in 2008. While the world was reeling under recession, Laurence Graff paid a jaw- dropping $24.3 million for this 31.06 Carat diamond.
Auctioned at Christie’s in London in 2008, this diamond is compared with the Hope Diamond from India. Both Hope Diamond and the Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond are known for their rarity, size, color, and exceptional beauty.
The Perfect Pink
In November 2010, The Perfect Pink diamond was up for auction at Christie’s Hong Kong. And guess what? It fetched $23 million. This 14.23 Carat Diamond is one of the most expensive diamonds to be ever sold at an auction. Though the buyer was anonymous, the news at which it sold made headlines on the Internet and newspapers in many countries.
The Archduke Joseph Diamond
The Archduke Joseph diamond, also found in Golconda mines in India few decades ago, was auctioned at Christie’s in Geneva, Switzerland recently. The diamond sold at a whopping $21.48 million. Archduke Joseph is a colorless stone weighing 76.02 CT. Ever since it was sold in 1993 for $6.5 million, its value kept on increasing.
An estimated $15 million was expected at the recent auction in Geneva for this pure and clear diamond. But the result was surprising. Archduke Joseph, one of the most desirable diamonds, value shot up to 20.355 million Swiss Francs ($21.48 million approximately).
The Sun-Drop Diamond
The famous Sun-Drop Diamond was auctioned at Sotheby’s in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2011. The diamond fetched $12.3 million. Sun-Drop Diamond is a 110 Carat yellow diamond.
Sun-Drop diamond was first discovered in South Africa. Later it was kept at a museum for a year or so before being auctioned in Geneva for $12.3 million. The diamond is in intense yellow color. It took the experts 6-months to cut it in a beautiful cut that made it more attractive.
Beau Sancy Diamond
Last but not the least, you must have heard of Beau Sancy Diamond being passed from royal families in France, England, Netherlands, and Prussia. Did you hear the news in May 2012 about the same being auctioned for $9.57 million?
Yes, Beau Sancy Diamond was auctioned at Sotheby’s in Geneva with pre-auction estimation of just $3-4 million. But the diamond fetched $9.57 million. It’s a 34.94 Carat jewel piece. It’s rare and among the best known diamonds in the world.
Next time you hear of the million dollar diamonds, you know which one sold for what price. The above six have made headlines with their auction. There are other diamonds too that are quite popular and were sold for record breaking figures, but will pen-down about them soon. So stay tuned to PrimeStyle blog and be updated about the diamond news.