Egg-sized ‘perfect’ 118ct white diamond fetches record $30.8 million in Hong Kong
A “flawless” white oval diamond the size of a small egg sold for $30.8 million at Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction on Monday night, the most paid for a colourless diamond at auction.
The previous records for both price and size for a perfect white diamond were set by Christie’s, which sold its 101.73-carat gem for almost $27 million in May this year.
Sotheby’s said two phone bidders competed for the 118-carat for about six minutes.
A rare blue diamond that was the night’s other highlight with a $19 million estimate failed to sell, added the auction house.