The Straits Times
Published on Oct 03, 2012

Historic diamond Archduke Joseph up for auction


GENEVA (AFP) - One of the world's most historic diamonds, the Archduke Joseph, is up for sale in Geneva with an expected price tag well in excess of US$15 million (S$18.4million), Christie's auction house said on Wednesday.

"It's a 76.02 carat cushion-shaped D-colour diamond (considered to be the most flawless), from the famous Golconda mines in India," Christie's senior international specialist Jean-Marc Lunel told AFP.

The colourless gem, which is about the size of a domino and 1.5cm thick, is to be exhibited from Oct 13 in New York, Hong Kong and Geneva before the auction on Nov 13.

It once belonged to the Archduke Joseph of Austria (1872-1962) and has the same provenance as the Koh-i-noor - part of the British crown jewels held in the Tower of London - and the Regent, believed by many to be the finest diamond in the French crown jewels.