At Christie’s in Central London, the Wittelsbach diamond became the most expensive stone or piece of jewelry ever sold at an auction. What is so unique in this diamond? Well back in 1664, this sky-blue gem was given as the wedding dowry of a Spanish princess “Infanta Magarita Teresa” painted by Velazquez.
The sky-blue gem with centuries of royal connections was bought by Bond Street jeweller Laurence Graff, 69, for $24.47 million at Christie’s in Central London. The beautiful gem is originally from India. Mr Graff said he plans to reshape the 35.56 carat gem – one of the largest cut diamonds in the world – before setting it in a piece of jewellery and selling it. Experts at the auction house were expecting the diamond to sell for 9 million pounds, but when it became clear two buyers were desperate to have it, the price hiked up and this happened to be the most expensive diamond in the world.