Pink diamond auctioned for $23 mn, sets Asian record
A rare pink diamond has sold at an auction for more than $23 million in Hong Kong, making it the most expensive jewel ever sold in Asia.
Auction house Christie's says the rare 14.23 carat diamond, named The Perfect Pink, sold for $23,165,968 on Monday to an anonymous buyer after an intense bidding war with four others.
The selling price is higher than the $14 million to $19 million it was expected to fetch.
It fell short of the $46 million another pink diamond measuring 24.78 carats sold for in Geneva in mid-November.
That sale smashed the world record for the selling price of a jewel at auction.
Christie's says only 18 diamonds bigger than 10 carats and showing a distinct pure pink color have ever gone on the block in 244 years of auction history.
Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox
- Church leaders have asked their congregations to attend Mass on Sunday dressed in black. Church bells will toll at 8: 45 a.m., the time of the near-simultaneous attacks.
- The new design is very similar, but the adhesive tape strip has been redesigned to look nothing like a moustache.
- The researchers estimated that the variant evades 25-61 per cent of protective immunity arising from infection with previously circulating variants.
- Caving in to pressure from labour unions, Sri Lanka decided on February 1 to scrap the agreement signed with India and Japan on developing the East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo port.
- Some detainees are survivors of prison under the former junta. Some were taken from their homes, hundreds were seized by riot police and soldiers who charged down protests against the coup
- The sanctions are the first ordered by President Joe Biden against Russia and will help set the tone for his relations with Putin.
- The number of fully vaccinated people are nowhere near the number of doses administered since most of the countries are using Covid-19 vaccines that require a two-doses regimen.
- The case being filed next month before the European Court of Human Rights is supported by the environmental group Fridays for Future, which is helping to crowdfund the legal costs.