Girl's best friend: Diamond sells for record Rs 190 crore

Oct 09, 2013, 08:28 IST | AFP

If diamonds are a girl's best friend, this giant rock auctioned off in Hong Kong yesterday is what? Life partner? Champion? Soul mate?

 A white diamond the size of a small egg sold for $30.6 million (Rs 190 crore) at an auction on Monday, edging out the previous record for such a stone set just six months ago.

Diamond auctioned in Hong Kong

Two phone bidders competed for the 118-carat African diamond in six minutes of measured bidding, until one dropped out at the Sotheby’s auction.

The stone, dubbed the ‘Magnificent Oval Diamond’, was discovered in a deep mine in an undisclosed southern African country in 2011.

As a rough stone before being cut, it weighed 299 carats.

The sale beat the record set at a diamond auction last year, when a 101.73-carat diamond was sold for $26.7 million (Rs 165 crore).

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