GI­ANT DI­A­MOND SELLS FOR $33.7M AT AUC­TION

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Geneva — The largest-ever D-flaw­less di­a­mond to be put up for auc­tion, mounted in a di­a­mond and emer­ald neck­lace, sold for $33.7 mil­lion Tues­day night, in­clud­ing buyer’s fees. The white, match­box-size “Cre­ation 1” di­a­mond from Swiss jew­eler de Griso­gono weighs a whop­ping 163 carats. The ham­mer went down at $29.7 mil­lion, ex­clud­ing the buyer’s pre­mium — around the mid­point of the pre-sale es­ti­mates be­fore the auc­tion at Christie’s in Geneva. The buyer was not im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fied. Aus­tralian di­a­mond com­pany Lu­capa, which mined the stone, says it was the largest di­a­mond ever dis­cov­ered in the African na­tion of An­gola.

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