Second largest diamond in the world does not reach reserve at auction

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The world’s second largest diamond – the size of a tennis ball –  has failed to sell at Sotheby’s auction in London on Wednesday.


Initially valued at more than CAD$90million, the highest bid for the 1109-carat diamond reached only $61 million.


The diamond, dubbed ‘Lesedi La Rona’, was discovered at Lucara Diamond Corp’s Karowe mine in Botswana last year and translates to ‘our light’ in the local language.

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Its size is second only to the Cullinan diamond which was cut into nine pieces to form part of the UK crown jewels.


Henry Sapiecha

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