The Blue Moon diamond, discovered in South Africa in January last year, has broken the record for most expensive piece of jewellery ever sold at auction. The 12.03 carat flawless blue diamond went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in Geneva and Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau forked out a mindblowing £32 million..that’s approximately R685 million. Lau apparently bought the jewel for his 7 year old daughter Josephine.
Yes R685 million for this tiny blue stone.
And get this. The record breaking diamond wasn’t the only thing Joesph Lau bought for his daughter. The day before he spent $28.5 million on a rare 16.08-carat pink diamond also for daughter.
“A Hong Kong-based spokeswoman for Lau confirmed the two purchases. “The first was the pink one, ‘Sweet Josephine’, and the second one was the ‘Blue Moon of Josephine’,” she said.
David Bennett, the head of Sotheby’s international jewellery division, said the “Blue Moon” sale broke several records and made the gemstone the most expensive diamond, regardless of colour, and the most expensive jewel ever sold at auction. It also fetched the highest-ever price per carat, he said.” [Guardian]