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    The Beau Sancy sold for $9,699,618 US dollars. (Click on image to enlarge).

    The Beau Sancy, one of the most important historic diamonds ever to come to auction, sold for $9,699,618 US dollars, almost five times the pre-sale low estimate of $2-4 million at Sotheby’s  in Geneva tonight. It was bought on the telephone by an anonymous bidder. Five bidders competed.

    Worn in her crown by Marie de Medici at her coronation as Queen Consort of Henri IV in 1610 the 34.98 carat modified pear double rose cut diamond has passed down through the Royal Families of France, England, Prussia and the House of Orange.  It has been the witness of 400 years of European history. David Bennett of Sotheby’s commented: “Its supreme historical importance was reflected tonight in the strength of the bidding and the remarkable result realised”.

    The sale realised $108,377,219, a world record for a various owner jewel auction.

    See post on for February 28, 2012.

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