Blue Gray 35.56 ct Diamond Sells for $24.26 MillionDecember 11, 08
The Wittelsbach Diamond
broke previous auction record
The diamond is a cushion-shaped deep grayish blue VS2 diamond dating to the 17th Century. It was part of the dowry of Infanta Margarita Teresa, the daughter of King Philip IV of Spain and wife of Leopold I of Austria, who later became the Holy Roman Emperor.
Of the 207 lots offered at the auction, 55 percent were sold, fetching 89 percent of the estimated value.