Published Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 | 4:15 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 | 4:15 p.m.
GENEVA (AP) — The largest-ever D-flawless diamond to be put up for auction, mounted in a diamond and emerald necklace, has sold for $33.7 million at Christie's in Geneva, including buyer's fees.
The white, matchbox-size "Creation 1" diamond from Swiss jeweler de Grisogono weighs a whopping 163 carats.
The hammer went down at 29.5 million Swiss francs ($29.7 million), excluding the buyer's premium — around the midpoint of the pre-sale estimate range.
The buyer was not immediately identified.
Also on the block Tuesday was Le Mazarin. The 19-carat pink diamond that once belonged to King Louis XIV, Napoleon Bonaparte and other French rulers sold for a hammer price of 12.5 million Swiss francs, obliterating the pre-sale estimate.
That diamond was up for auction for the first time in 130 years.