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Pink diamond fetches world-record price

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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.

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A model handles the 'Unique Pink'. Photo: Getty
A model handles the ‘Unique Pink’. Photo: Getty

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.”

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