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Sapphire sips

entertainment Updated: May 21, 2010 01:31 IST

A martini glass studded with 226 blue sapphires fetched 13,000 euros at an unusual auction of designer cocktail glasses. The sapphire-studded glass was one of 19 Bombay Sapphire glasses auctioned off by Sotheby’s to raise funds for cancer research this week.

Made with 22-carat gold and platinum, organisers say the chalice designed by Australian artist Peter Crisp is the first drinking glass created by fusing precious stones on to glass.