The seal, which lasted about six minutes before the end of the auction: the Pink Legacy of 18.96 cards rolled around 39.1 million euros at an auction in Geneva. With auctions and other taxes, a total of 44.3 million euros was needed. That's what Christie's Auction House said in the statement.
Due to its weight and intense, almost completely uniform colors, the jewel considered it to be exceptional exceptions. Only one of the 100,000 diamonds has such quality, they said. "For me, this stone is Leonardo da Vinci of diamonds," said the head of Christie in Europe, Francois Curiel.
The auction house gave an estimated price of "Pink Legacy" from 27 to 44 million euros. The stone was discovered over a hundred years ago in South Africa and was processed in the twenties. It was owned by the Oppenheimer family for a long time. Now the jewel belongs to the American luxury jeweler Harry Winston – and the company renamed it into a diamond: in "The Vinston Pink Legacy."
High demand for extremely rare pieces has led to a sharp rise in prices in the last few years. For example, in November 2017, the diamond "Pink Promises", weighing less than 15 cm3, earned some 28.7 million euros at an auction in Hong Kong.
On Wednesday, jewelry auctions continue in Geneva: Sotheby's will then sell jewelry once owned by French Queen Marie Antoinette – and have not been publicly exposed for 200 years.