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Russian Pink Diamond Sets Record Price at Sotheby’s in Geneva

  • Gem called Spirit of the Rose acquired by anonymous buyer
  • Rough stone found in 2017 at alluvial mine in Russian Far East
The Spirit of the Rose
The Spirit of the RosePhotographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s most expensive ever diamond -- a flawless 14.83-carat pink gem -- was sold for $26.6 million at Sothbey’s in Geneva.

The diamond, cut from a rough stone discovered by Alrosa PJSC at an alluvial mine in Russia’s Far East, also fetched a record auction price for a purple-pink gem, Sotheby’s said.