During Christie’s “Jewels: The London Sale” event on December 10, the historic Wittelsbach diamond was sold for a astonishing £16,393,250 ($24,311,191) and became the most expensive diamond and most expensive jewelry ever sold at an auction.
According to Christie’s, the 35.56ct diamond (sometimes just referred as the Wittelsbach) was purchased by the leading international jeweller Laurence Graff, bidding against Aleks Paul of Essex Global Trading.
Read more about the diamond and its history on famousdiamonds
From Wikipedia: “The Wittelsbach family is a European royal family and a German dynasty from Bavaria. Their major principal roles were as Dukes, Electors and Kings of Bavaria (1180-1918), Counts Palatine of the Rhine (1214-1803), Margraves of Brandenburg (1323-1373), Counts of Holland, Hainaut and Zeeland (1345-1432), Elector-Archbishops of Cologne (1583-1761), Kings of Sweden (1654-1720) and Kings of Greece (1832-1862). The family also provided two Holy Roman Emperors.” read more
Other notable jewelry sales from last week: