Martian Pink Diamond: Largest Pink Diamond Auctioned, Fetches $17M in HKBy Alex Jusi Madlangbayan on May 30, 2012 in Asia, Business, Fashion, Lifestyle, World •
Martian Pink Diamond
Image Credit: Christie’s
The “Martian Pink” diamond, considered as the largest auctioned pink diamond, fetched $17.4 million at Christie’s auction in Hongkong on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, as reported by several international news sites.
The pink gem, sold almost twice the estimated value, reportedly went on sale for the first time after 36 years.
Christie’s revealed that its jewelry auction on Tuesday, which showcased the Martian pink diamond, raised $80 million.
According to Vickie Sek of Christie’s Asia, the “Martian Pink sold by Harry Winston in 1976 created a sensation during its worldwide exhibition tour and achieved a staggering US$17.4m after a 10-minute bidding war.” Sek added that “The US$80m auction was highlighted with top prices across the board, culminating in a world record price of US$551,000 per carat for a perfect Burmese ruby of 6.04 carats.”
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