The diamond that could fetch £24m
A rare pink diamond to be auctioned next week could set a new world record if it fetches its estimated price of £17m to 24m.
The 24.78-carat gem, described as "fancy intense pink", would beat the previous record set by auctioneers Christie's when it sold the blue 35.56-carat Wittelsbach-Graff diamond for £15.2m in 2008.
"This is undoubtedly one of the most important diamonds to appear at auction in recent years," David Bennett, the head of Sotheby's jewellery division, said in Geneva, where the auction will be held. Potential buyers had already taken a strong interest, he said, adding: "It's been very well viewed."
But diamond experts said Sotheby's price estimate was ambitious, based on an estimate of considerably more than the $750,000 that would be considered normal within the trade.
Notes from a small island: Is Sealand an independent 'micronation' or an illegal fortress?
You thought Ryanair's attendants had it bad? Wait 'til you hear about their pilots
World news in pictures
David Cameron goes to war with newspapers over 'swivel-eyed loons' slur
Revealed: Eerie new images show forgotten French apartment that was abandoned at the outbreak of World War II and left untouched for 70 years
- 1 Heading for America? Prepare for the longest US immigration queues ever
- 2 Notes from a small island: Is Sealand an independent 'micronation' or an illegal fortress?
- 3 You thought Ryanair's attendants had it bad? Wait 'til you hear about their pilots
- 4 David Cameron goes to war with newspapers over 'swivel-eyed loons' slur
- 5 It’s official: thanks to Stephen Hawking's Israel boycott, anti-Semitism is no more
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.
£50000 - £58000 per annum + Benefits and Bonus: Progressive Recruitment: SAP F...
£30000 - £40000 per annum + BENS: Progressive Recruitment: Drupal Developer A ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + bens: Progressive Recruitment: C# WEB DEVELOPER Le...
£240 - £260 per day: Progressive Recruitment: WPF Developer (C#, VB.Net) North...