Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Blue diamond auctioned for world record amount

blue-diamond-hero.jpg
rexfeatures-3694528d.jpg
rexfeatures-3694528k.jpg

Ah Titanic. This was the movie that not only cemented our love for Leonardo DiCaprio, it also really made us love blue diamonds (well, we wanted Leo to draw us like one of his French girls).

Alas, our dreams of owning such a jewel have been completely dashed by the fact they cost a lot of money. And when we say a lot, the largest one in the world was recently sold for £14.1 million ($23.8 million).

The pear-shaped diamond named The Winston Blue is 13.22 carats and also set a world auction record yesterday of £1.19 million ($2 million) per carat for a blue diamond.

The sale, which took place at the Geneva auction of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels, at the Hôtel Beau-Rivage, came as Christie's announced its spring auction had sold a world record of £92 million ($154.2 million).

Just the day before, Sotheby's had also announced they'd topped the world record for sales, when they auctioned off some very pricey jewels too, although that was later trumped by Christie's sale of the blue diamond.

Sotheby's big sales included one of the world’s largest cut precious gems of any colour, a 100.09-carat "Graff Vivid Yellow" diamond ring.

The final bid was a staggering £9.7 million ($16.3 million) - the highest amount ever paid for a yellow diamond.

Also up for auction from Sotheby's was the Victory diamond (picture 3) a 31.34-carat diamond named to commemorate the Allied Victory in World War II.

It is one of the world's largest known round brilliant-cut diamonds weighing 103.46 carats and is worth an estimated £2.9-£4.7 million ($5-$8 million). However, this failed to sell.

Well, if no one wants it, we'll take it. Quick whip round?

(Images: Rex Features)

Related

rexfeatures-3731772ad.jpg

Lily Allen turned down Game of Thrones role

dungareeshero2.jpg

Dungaree style inspiration from Rihanna, Alexa Chung and more

1053323-621957851149271-55966684-o.jpg

Stephen Sutton's incredible speech

boyhero2.jpg

Video: Cat saves boy, 4, from dog attack

teen.jpg

Girl forced to leave prom because dress deemed too short

ribs-hero.jpg

La Perla removes mannequin with protruding ribs

More

Stranger Things is coming to Topshop just in time for Halloween

Shop the retro-inspired line of tees and accessories

19 Oct 2017

This week's Style List: 30 red pick-me-ups

As seen in this week's mag

by Stylist
17 Oct 2017

Say hello to the Zara boots taking over Instagram this autumn

These boots are made for walking (all over your social media feed)

by Kayleigh Dray
17 Oct 2017

The best loungewear and PJs to get comfy in this winter

Hello sofa my old friend

by Amy Swales
13 Oct 2017

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

13 Oct 2017

This French accessory trend is back and we’re totally on board

The most effortless way to update your autumn/winter wardrobe

by Nicola Colyer
12 Oct 2017

Treasure trove of rare Versace pieces unveiled online

Immerse yourself in the fabulous world of the late, great designer

by Anna Brech
12 Oct 2017

ASOS is now offering same-day delivery, but there’s just one catch...

So long, last-minute outfit dilemmas

by Susan Devaney
12 Oct 2017

This week's Style List: 30 little pick-me-ups

As seen in this week's mag

by Stylist
11 Oct 2017

Katie Holmes joins Italy’s fashion elite in Verona

An inside look at an Italian ice spectacular

10 Oct 2017