Two pairs of diamond earrings fetch Rs. 372 crore, buyer anonymous

  • PTI

    PTI | Geneva

    May 19, 2017 | 01:52 PM
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The Apollo Blue and the Artemis Pink diamonds together became the most valuable earrings ever sold at auction, after realising a combined total of $57,425,478 (Rs. 372 crore approximately) at Sotheby’s sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels here.

The internally flawless fancy vivid blue diamond and the fancy intense pink diamond, weighing 14.54-carats and 16-carats respectively, were sold to the same anonymous buyer on May 16.

“It has been a privilege for Sotheby's to be entrusted with the superb ‘Apollo Blue’ and ‘Artemis Pink’. The results from the sale which saw more than 90 per cent of lots sold and three new world auction records yet again underline the strong demand for top quality diamonds, gemstones and jewels.

“I am delighted that the stones will remain together as earrings. This has been a wonderful inaugural jewellery sale at Mandarin Oriental, Geneva which far exceeded expectations, with a total of over $150 million,” David Bennett, Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby’s International Jewellery Division and Chairman of Switzerland, said.