This extremely rare pink diamond was sold in six minutes of intense bidding at Christie’s latest spring auction held in Hong Kong. An anonymous bidder through the phone bought it for $17.4 million and that is more than the estimated; $8 million! The "Martian Pink" diamond, an extremely rare rose-colored stone, is the largest of its kind to be ever sold. This diamond comes second in position to the costliest pink diamond which was sold for $ 46.8 million.
Christie’s head of jewelry in the US, and Switzerland, Rahul Kadakia stated to the Daily Mail: "As a round stone, it is one of the most expensive round pink diamonds that’s ever been sold at auction anywhere in the world, so yes it did break a record in that sense," He also added: "The bids were very competitive… there was a lot of excitement… when it finally did come up for sale the buzz in the room was sensational."
Now where did this diamond come from!? Francois Curiel, from Christie’s jewellery department said: "It comes from Harry Winston, who was so impressed that the Americans had landed on Mars in 1976 that he looked at his inventory and he found a rough diamond which probably could come out as pink, so he cut it, and he cut it in such a way that the intensity of the thing was larger than any of the other things that he had ever cut before."
What makes the Martian Pink diamond so valuable is that usually natural pink diamonds have a touch of purple, orange, or grey on them. However, the beautiful stone does not!
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