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Purple-pink diamond goes for a record CHF24.4 million in Geneva

Rare asset-class: “The Spirit of the Rose”. Keystone / Salvatore Di Nolfi

Sotheby’s in Geneva has sold a rare purple-pink diamond for CHF24.4 million ($26.7 million), a record price for such a colour and class at auction.

This content was published on November 12, 2020 - 10:27
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The 14.83-carat jewel, cut from crystal mined in Russia in 2017, was called “The Spirit of the Rose”, after a ballet performed by the Ballets Russes and Vaslav Nijinsky in 1911.

The hammer price of CHF21 million before commission was reached after just a few minutes, when it was bought by a telephone bidder who chose to remain anonymous, Sotheby’s said on Wednesday.

Coloured stones have been greatly valued as an asset class by the wealthy in recent years, with top-quality pink diamonds especially prized, according to the Reuters news agency.

The Argyle mine in western Australia, which had produced the world’s largest supply of pink diamonds, stopped production last week due to depletion.

“The lucky buyer could well profit from prices soaring for pink diamonds in the coming years thanks to increased rarity,” Tobias Kormind, managing director of 77 Diamonds, Europe’s largest online diamond jeweller, said in a statement.

In 2018 the ‘Pink Legacy’ diamond garnered CHF45.7 million when it was auctioned by Christie’s, also in Geneva, setting a record price per carat for a stone of its kind.

The absolute record price for a pink diamond was the “Star Pink”, sold for CHF65 million in Hong Kong in 2017.

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