Three diamonds fetch $24.1 million at auction
Sotheby's says 2 white diamond rings have sold for a combined $17.4 million at a Geneva auction, while a blue diamond given to the queen of Spain over 3 centuries ago brought over $6.7 million.
All 3 topped pre-sale estimates on Tuesday. None of the buyers were identified by name.
The Farnese Blue is a 6.16-carat, pear-shaped blue diamond given in 1715 to Elisabeth Farnese, wife of King Philip V of Spain. It appeared at auction for the first time after being passed down through royal families in Spain, France, Italy and Austria. It had been expected to fetch $3.7 million to $5.3 million.
Sotheby's spring sale also included 2 D-colour white diamonds discovered in Botswana. A 51.7-carat round-cut diamond ring sold for $9.2 million. A 50.4-carat oval-cut diamond went for $8.1 million. - AP