PINK DI­A­MOND COULD FETCH $50M AT CHRISTIE’S AUC­TION

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Christie’s next week will put un­der the ham­mer the largest fancy vivid pink di­a­mond the famed auc­tion house has ever sold and ex­pects to fetch $30 mil­lion to $50 mil­lion for the nearly 19-carat, rect­an­gu­lar-cut gem­stone. The “Pink Legacy” will be put up at Christie’s fall jewelry auc­tion in Geneva on Tues­day. It once be­longed to the Op­pen­heimer di­a­mond fam­ily, and Christie’s says it qual­i­fies as a Type IIa di­a­mond – the most chem­i­cally pure stones with lit­tle, if any, ni­tro­gen. On Wed­nes­day, Sotheby’s will auc­tion jewelry once owned by French Queen Marie An­toinette that hasn’t been seen in pub­lic for 200 years.

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