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UK: $70 MILLION 'diamond of the century' to go on sale at Sotheby's, London02:02

UK: $70 MILLION 'diamond of the century' to go on sale at Sotheby's, London

United Kingdom, London
June 14, 2016 at 12:40 GMT +00:00 · Published

The largest diamond found in over a century was unveiled to the press at London's Sotheby's auction house, Tuesday, before the record gem with an estimated worth of $70 million (€ 62.33 million) is to go on sale at the end of June.

The three-billion-year-old diamond, labelled Lesedi la Rona, was discovered last November in Botswana. It is 1,109 carats and approximately the size of a tennis ball. Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby's Jewellery Division David Bennett expects the diamond to fetch around $70 million (€ 62.33 million).

Sotheby's will auction the Lesedi la Rona diamond on June 29.

UK: $70 MILLION 'diamond of the century' to go on sale at Sotheby's, London02:02
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The largest diamond found in over a century was unveiled to the press at London's Sotheby's auction house, Tuesday, before the record gem with an estimated worth of $70 million (€ 62.33 million) is to go on sale at the end of June.

The three-billion-year-old diamond, labelled Lesedi la Rona, was discovered last November in Botswana. It is 1,109 carats and approximately the size of a tennis ball. Worldwide Chairman of Sotheby's Jewellery Division David Bennett expects the diamond to fetch around $70 million (€ 62.33 million).

Sotheby's will auction the Lesedi la Rona diamond on June 29.

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