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100-carat diamond sells for US$22 million at auction

NEW YORK: A “perfect” 100-carat diamond in a classic emerald cut sold for just over US$22 (RM80) million at auction on Tuesday.

The internally flawless D colour stone is the only classic emerald-cut white diamond of the highest colour and clarity and over 100 carats to come to auction, according to Sotheby’s.

“This 100.20-carat diamond is the definition of perfection. The colour is whiter than white. It is free of any internal imperfections,” Sotheby’s New York jewellery department head Gary Schuler said in a statement prior to the sale, likening its transparency “to a pool of icy water.”

The presale estimate had been between US$19 million and US$25 million.

The diamond was mined in southern Africa within the last 10 years and weighed over 200 carats before it was cut and polished, the auction house said.

The seller wished to remain anonymous. The buyer was also anonymous, and the winning bid came in over the phone.

Only five “perfect” diamonds over 100 carats have sold at auction in the last 25 years, with a 118-carat oval-cut stone fetching $30.6 million at Sotheby’s in 2013. It set a record for a white diamond.

The record for any jewel is US$46 (RM167) million for a 24.78-carat emerald-cut pink diamond, set at Sotheby’s in 2010. – AP/nst

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