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Giant diamond in necklace sells for $33.7M at Geneva auction

Associated Press logo Associated Press 15/11/2017
A Christie's employee looks over a necklace suspending a 163.41-carat, D colour flawless, IIA type diamond during a preview at Christie's, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. It is estimated to sell for 30 millions US dollars. The auction will take place in Geneva, on Nov. 14, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP) © The Associated Press A Christie's employee looks over a necklace suspending a 163.41-carat, D colour flawless, IIA type diamond during a preview at Christie's, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. It is estimated to sell for 30 millions US dollars. The auction will take place in Geneva, on Nov. 14, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

GENEVA — The largest-ever D-flawless diamond to be put up for auction, mounted in a diamond and emerald necklace, sold for $33.7 million Tuesday night, 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 estimates before the auction at Christie's in Geneva.

The buyer was not immediately identified.

A Christie's employee displays "Le Grand Mazarin," a legendary 19.07-carat pink diamond during a preview at Christie's, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Nov, 8, 2017. A 19-carat pink diamond that once belonged to King Louis XIV, Napoleon Bonaparte and other French rulers is going up for auction and is estimated to sell for 6 -9 million US dollars. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP) © The Associated Press A Christie's employee displays "Le Grand Mazarin," a legendary 19.07-carat pink diamond during a preview at Christie's, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Nov, 8, 2017. A 19-carat pink diamond that once belonged to King Louis XIV, Napoleon Bonaparte and other French rulers is going up for auction and is estimated to sell for 6 -9 million US dollars. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

Australian diamond company Lucapa, which mined the stone originally measuring over 7 centimeters (2.7 inches) in length, says it was the largest diamond ever discovered in the African nation of Angola. The rough stone that it was cut from weighed 404 carats.

Also on the block was "Le Grand Mazarin", a 19-carat pink diamond that once belonged to King Louis XIV, Napoleon Bonaparte and other French rulers.

It sold for a hammer price of 12.5 million Swiss francs, obliterating the pre-sale estimate

Le Grand Mazarin was up for auction for the first time in 130 years, during a sell-off of French crown jewels. Originally from the Golconda mines in India, the stone was set in the crowns of almost all kings and emperors of France since the early 18th century, Christie's said.

The buyer wasn't immediately identified.

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