The fancy blue diamond sells
LONDON - 10. December 2008 - The 35.56-carat fancy
blue diamond has been sold at Christie's auction for just under 16.4 million British pounds, or about
Prior to the auction, it was anticipated that the diamond will
reach the price of about $15m.
Originally purchased by the
This is one of famous diamonds, known as Wittelsbach diamond. The diamond was originally found in India and purchased by the Spanish
King Phillip IV in the 17th century. He included it in the dowry for his teenage daughter Margaret Theresa, who
married Leopold I, the Roman Emperor.
After princess' death in 1673, the emperor Leopold kept the
diamond, which became part of the inheritance to his children. The diamond came into possession of Wittelsbach family in 1722, which was later sold from their collection.
At the London's auction, it was the first time that the diamond
was made available for sale in 80 years.
|The rare Wittelsbach diamond was sold in London for
16.4 million GBP