An enormous pink diamond nicknamed the ‘Unique Pink’ has set a new world record at Sotheby’s auction house in Geneva, Switzerland.
The 15.38 carat, fancy vivid pink diamond was the star of the night, going for AUD$42.8 million.
Pre-sale valuations had put it between $38 million and $52 million.
The lucky recipient was an Asian man bidding by telephone, according to Reuters.
“The Unique Pink set a new world record for a fancy vivid pink diamond … It’s the highest price ever paid for a fancy vivid pink diamond,” Sotheby’s worldwide international jewellery division boss David Bennett told reporters.
The world record price for a fancy vivid pink diamond previously was held by ‘Sweet Josephine’, a 16.08 carat diamond that went for $38.8 million in November.
Overall, the Sotheby’s auction reeled in $239 million, also setting a world record for the highest loot of any jewellery sale.
Mr Bennett said there were a few stones that struggled to reach their reserve prices, while others, such as a British collection of jewels by French jeweller Cartier, more than doubled its price.
“We’ve made a great effort to put together a sale that we thought was suitable for this particular market which is strong for the right things,” he said.
“It seems to have paid off.”