A rare 100-carat diamond sold for $22 million at a Sotheby’s auction in New York City Tuesday.
The emerald-cut diamond, D color diamond is the largest of its kind ever sold at an auction, according to the auction house. It is also one of only six perfect diamonds of 100 carats or more to be auctioned in the last 25 years.
“This diamond is exceptional in every sense of the word, and we were thrilled to see it achieve such a strong result,” said Lisa Hubbard, chairman of Sotheby’s Jewelry Division in the Americas. “The stone captivated people around the world.”
The auction of rare jewels netted a total of more than $65 million, a record for Sotheby’s New York’s jewelry division, according to the auction house.