The diamond was one of several jewelry items offered for sale by the Onassis family. A gem-set bowenite Buddha by Faberge sold for $2.5 million, more than quadrupling early estimates.
The London jewelry auction broke a number of records. The 190 lots sold fetched together $29.4 million, making the sale the largest jewelry auction in Britain’s history.
The Onassis items alone fetched a total of $13.3 million.
Record breaking sales at Christies included this 38 ct diamond
Graff Diamonds acquired a 14.79 carat pear-shaped D / VVS2 diamond for
$2.2 million ($149,000 p/c), while a 13.37 carat marquise-cut D / VS1 diamond sold for $115,000 p/c to a UK firm.
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