The largest diamond ever discovered in over 100 years will soon be auctioned at the prestigious Sotheby’s, in England.
The world’s largest rough diamond, estimated at more than $ 70 million, will be auctioned on June 29 in London, announced auction house Sotheby’s, last May 4.
Discovered on 16 November 2015 in the Karowe mine, in Botswana, the rough stone was named “Lesedi La Rona” (“Our Light”, in Tswana language) by the Lucara Diamond mining company . It weighs 1,109 carats and is “nearly the size of a tennis ball”. It’s the largest diamond discovered in over 100 years,” stated Sotheby’s International Jewelry Department President, David Bennett, adding this is the first time a rough diamond of such size is offered for auction.
The Lesedi La Rona which was exhibited in New York until Sunday, is now travelling to Antwerp, Belgium, for assessment and will be exhibited at Sotheby’s in London, from June 18~28.
The historical record for the biggest diamond ever found is still held by the legendary 3106.75ct Cullinan, discovered in 1905 in South Africa. It had been cut into nine diamonds for the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.
Once it is acquired, the Lesedi La Rona could be cleaved and cut to make jewelry, or left untouched for a private collection.