Sotheby’s Hong Kong unloaded one whopper of a flawless blue diamond today for a mere 6.4 million USD. The rare, 5.16-carat rock was snatched up by London’s famed Moussaieff Jewellers, who paid more than the 5.9-million dollar estimated price tag for the gem.
“The price was above the high estimate,” a spokeswoman for auction house Sotheby’s told AFP.
But the world per-carat record for a blue diamond remains the 10.5 million dollars paid by a Hong Kong property tycoon for a seven-carat blue diamond in Geneva in May last year.
What are they putting in the water in Hong Kong? And can I fill a pool with it?
Terry Chu, deputy head of Sotheby’s jewelery department for China and Southeast Asia, said diamonds were particularly appealing to new Asian buyers because of their stable prices and assured quality.
“There have been a lot of new diamond buyers from mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and elsewhere in the region,” Chu told AFP.
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