The diamond will be picked up at an auction of rare gems in Switzerland on November 7. Photo: AFPThe largest ‘structurally perfect’ blue diamond could fetch $5 crore (close to Rs 550 crore) at auction. British auction house Christie’s hopes so. It will be picked up at an auction of rare gems in Switzerland on November 7. This information is known in a report of the American media CNN.
Known as ‘Blue Royal’, this brilliant blue diamond is set in a ring. It is one of the rarest diamonds ever found.
‘What makes the Blue Royal so rare and special is its size. It is 17.6 carats, the largest diamond of its kind.’ Rahul Kadakia, International Head of Jewelery at Christie’s said.
‘Its color is naturally very rich, and it’s texture is as perfect as it can be.’ Rahul said.
In 2016, Christie’s sold a 14.6 carat blue diamond known as the ‘Oppenheimer Blue’ for $57 million.
‘We hope it beats Oppenheimer.’ Kadakia said about Blue Royal.
Known as ‘Blue Royal’, this brilliant blue diamond is set in a ring. Photo: AFPHe added, ‘We have traveled all over the world, to Asia, the US and Europe with the gem and received good feedback from collectors worldwide.’
In a separate online auction starting November 3 and ending November 16, a pearl necklace worn by famous actress Audrey Hepburn in the final scene of the 1953 film ‘Roman Holiday’ is up for grabs.
“We priced it at $20,000 to $30,000, so it’s pretty reasonable,” Kadakia said.
Also up for auction at Christie’s was a Rolex worn by Marlon Brando in the 1979 film Apocalypse Now. The watch has the actor’s signature on the back.
Two years ago, the watch was sold at an auction for 2 million Swiss francs ($2.2 million). Now its price is estimated at 10 to 20 million Swiss francs.
‘Finding two items used by two great actors and actresses—Marlon Brando’s Rolex and Audrey Hepburn’s necklace—is a very exceptional event.’ Remy Guillemin, Head of Watches Europe at Christie’s, said.