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Purple-pink Alrosa diamond nets Sotheby’s over £20m

Sotheby’s spirit of the rose

A purple-pink diamond sold by Sotheby’s in Switzerland this week has become the largest of its kind ever to go under the hammer.

The ‘Spirit of the Rose’ gemstone weighs in at 14.8 carats and went for £20.1 million to an anonymous telephone buyer.

The rough diamond from which the ‘Spirit of the Rose’ was cut was named ‘Nijinsky’ upon its discovery in July 2017 in Yakutia, in northeast Russia.

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Despite the record-setting size, the diamond did not come near its upper estimate.

Sotheby’s had forecast that the lot would sell for between £17.5 million and £29 million.

It did, however, sell for nearly double the cost of a massive 102-carat diamond sold last month.

Sotheby’s saw that gemstone sell for around £12 million. Read more below:

Sotheby’s sells 102-carat diamond for record-breaking £12m

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