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A sparkling triumph

GENEVA (AP) – The largest fancy vivid blue diamond to ever come to auction sold on Tuesday for more than USD44 million, far outstripping the pre-sale estimate, Christie’s said.

The ‘Bleu Royal’ – a ring featuring a fancy vivid blue pear-shaped diamond of 17.61 carats – was one of the standout pieces to go under the hammer at the auction house for Geneva’s Luxury Week.

Christie’s had estimated the ring would fetch around USD35 million.

The auction house said the sale made the ‘Bleu Royal’ the most expensive jewel sold at auction this year.

Christie’s said the gemstone would be handed over to another private collection for the first time in 40 years.

‘Bleu Royal’, a rare 17.61-carats internally flawless fancy vivid blue pear-shaped diamond. PHOTO: AP
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