Yesterday, May 18, the Oppenheimer Blue, the biggest diamond in the world weighing 14, 62 carats
was sold for a record $ 57.5 million at the Christie's auction in Genève, says the site of the trading house.
"This is the most expensive diamond that was sold at an auction ever", – says Christie's twitter.
The previous record belonged to Blue Moon of Josephine diamond. It was sold for $ 48.6 million
at Sotheby's auction in November, 2015.
Oppenheimer Blue's estimated value was from $ 38 million to $ 45 million, the auction started from
$ 30.4 million.
The sharp increase in rates over the estimated cost of the exceptional blue diamond at $ 38 million caused a fierce bidding among private collectors. There were only three of them left in the dying seconds. The room burst into applause when the hammer banged the last time and announced the final amount of the lot", – reports at Christie's.
The diamond was named after Phillip Oppenheimer. His family had held the shares in the corporation De Beers for 80 years, which is engaged in mining, processing and selling natural diamonds.