Christie’s auction house set a new world record with the $33,705,994 (£25,541,713) sale of the largest D flawless diamond to ever come to auction.
The Magnificent Jewels auction saw the sale of The Art of de Grisogono, Creation 1, an emerald and diamond necklace set with a rectangular cut, D-colour, flawless diamond
of 163.41 carats.
Another highlight of the sale was the Le Grand Mazarin, a light pink diamond of 19.07 carats, and one of the most famous and important Golconda diamonds in history.
The stone is part of royal French history and has been in the collection of four kings, four queens, two emperors and two empresses. This is the first time that the diamond has been sold at public auction since the famous sale of the French Crown Jewels in 1887.
It was the final lot of the auction and sold for $14,463,393 (£10,960,063).
The sale, which took place at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues, Geneva, attracted 4,600 guests and brought the total of Christie’s Geneva auctions in 2017 to $258,588,868 (£195,953,357) with 27 lots sold for over $1m (£757,779).