Rare pink diamond to be auctioned

2017-10-19 05:22


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Geneva - Christie's says, for the first time in 130 years, it will auction a legendary 19-carat pink diamond that once belonged to French rulers, including King Louis XIV and Emperor Napoleon.

The diamond, "Le Grand Mazarin", was only sold at auction once before, at a famous 1887 sale of French crown jewels.

Christie's international head of jewelry Rahul Kadakia says the diamond from the Golconda mines in India was set in the crowns of almost all kings and emperors of France since the early 18th century.

The chairperson of Christie's Europe and Asia, Francois Curiel, called it "the diamond with the most prestigious and historic provenance still to be in private hands". The owner was not specified.

The auction is scheduled to take place in Geneva on November 14.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    christie's  |  switzerland

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.