The white, matchbox-size “Creation 1” diamond from Swiss jeweler de Grisogono weighs a whopping 163 carats.
The hammer went down at 29.5 million Swiss francs ($29.7 million), excluding the buyer’s premium _ around the midpoint of the pre-sale estimate range.
The buyer was not immediately identified.
Also on the block Tuesday was Le Mazarin. The 19-carat pink diamond that once belonged to King Louis XIV, Napoleon Bonaparte and other French rulers sold for a hammer price of 12.5 million Swiss francs, obliterating the pre-sale estimate.
That diamond was up for auction for the first time in 130 years.