geneva - A nineteen carat diamond that has been in possession of four French kings, four queens, two emperors and two emperors, went to an auction in Swiss Geneva for 14.4 million Swiss francs (12.3 million euros).
That's more than twice than previously estimated by Christie's auctioneer. The pale pink gem was sold by a European noble family who wished to remain anonymous.
The diamond is derived from the Indian Golconda mines, which includes the other famous stone, the Koh-i-Noor diamond from. The diamond witnessed the fall of the French kings, of the French Revolution, and belonged, among other things, to Kings Louis XIV and Louis XVI. The stone later came into possession of Napoleon, who ordered to use it in an ornament for his wife Marie-Louise.
At the auction, the biggest diamond was ever auctioned (163 carats) under the hammer. That stone exchanged about 28 million euros from owner.