The final hammer price blew the pre-sale estimate out of the water.
The pear-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond will lead the Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels auction on Nov. 8.
Namdar joins a long line of diamond experts, but his love of the trade was learned rather than inherited.
Named the “Williamson Pink Star,” it is the second largest internally flawless fancy vivid pink ever to appear at auction.
The online jewelry sale sold 98 percent by lot.
The type II diamond came out of the Lulo alluvial mine in Angola and will be sold via international tender.
Sotheby’s New York put a colorless diamond and a fancy deep orange-brown diamond up for sale last week, with mixed results.
Two of the four stones on display are record holders.
“The Light of Africa” 103-carat diamond also went above its pre-sale estimate, garnering $20 million in the “Magnificent Jewels” auction.
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“The Juno Diamond” and “The Earth Star” lead the June 16 Magnificent Jewels auction.
The 228-carat stone came in at the low end of its estimated range while “The Red Cross Diamond” exceeded expectations at $14.3 million.
It will lead the Christie’s New York jewelry auction in June.
The third collaborative collection featuring stones from the two famed mines features 10 one-of-a-kind pieces.
The third most expensive jewel ever sold at auction, the “De Beers Blue” just missed breaking the blue diamond record.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the famously charitable stone will benefit the international organization.
The “Jewels Online” sale sold 98 percent by lot.
Burgundy Diamond Mines said it will begin commercial production at Ellendale before the end of 2022.
The D flawless stone is the highlight of a current digital auction from Christie’s.
Christie’s Geneva will offer “The Rock” at the Magnificent Jewels sale in May.
The 15.10-carat fancy vivid blue, mined by Petra last spring and purchased by De Beers and Diacore, heads to Sotheby’s in April.
The founder of a cryptocurrency company purchased the stone and will rename it the “Hex.com” diamond.
He was a close friend and business partner of Laurence Graff, who described him as “the greatest diamond dealer I have ever known.”