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Giant white diamond could fetch USD 35 mn in HK: Sotheby's

Hong Kong, Sep 10, 2013, (AFP):
A large diamond is displayed at a media opportunity at Sotheby's auction rooms in London, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013. The oval white diamond is estimated to achieve 17.86 million pounds ($28 million, 21.2 million euro) when it is auctioned in the Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale on Oct. 7 in Hong Kong. (AP Photo)

A 118.28-carat white diamond, set to break records, is to go under the hammer in Hong Kong in October, auction house Sotheby's said today.

Describing the egg-shaped gem as the "greatest" of its kind to ever appear at auction, the British firm said it could fetch USD 28 to USD 35 million in the auction, where another rare yet smaller diamond will also be sold.

"It's like [a] small chicken egg," a Hong Kong-based Sotheby's spokeswoman told AFP when she described its size.

Quek Chin Yeow, deputy chairman of Sotheby's Asia, said at a preview yesterday in London that the D colour flawless gem would be the "greatest white diamond to be sold at auction".
The firm said the sale could beat previous records at a diamond auction last year, when a 101.73-carat diamond was sold at USD 26.7 million.

"The white diamond... is a new stone. The rough was mined in 2011," Quek said.
It was discovered in a deep mine in an undisclosed southern African country, where it weighed 299 carat as a rough stone.

A "Premier Blue Diamond" at 7.59-carat is also set to be auctioned off in October and could fetch up to USD 19 million.

Hong Kong has become a centre for jewellery auctions thanks to growing wealth in China and other parts of the region, as well as the region's increasing appetite for art.


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