The famous Beau Sancy diamond sold for $9.7 million at Sotheby's auction in Geneva. The stunning stone graced Marie de Medici in 1610 as she became the Queen Consort of Henry IV in France.
The giant Beau Sancy had five bidders, and ultimately, an anonymous bidder won the coveted 34.98 carat diamond gem for $9.7 million. The 400-year-old diamond sold for much more than the $4 million auctioneers expected it to fetch when they announced that it would be going up for bid last month.
It seems that somebody really wanted this centuries old stone, which comes with a rich, royal history. The fact that five people vied for the gem did not hurt Sotheby's and the owner of the giant beauty.
David Bennett, the jewelry chairman at Sotheby's, said, "It has a fascinating history, and really is a once-in-a-lifetime sale. When it was made in the 16th century, the pear cut was new, bold, and so it became the most sought-after jewel of its era. Before the 'Beau Sancy' all diamonds were rudimentary."
What do you think the auction winner will do with this historical diamond? Do you think there is a chance that the pear-shaped stone will be worn as jewelry, or will it be kept safely somewhere, or will it be put on display? One thing is certain, it needs to be well taken care of because it is obviously incredibly valuable, and the owner would not want to lose it under any circumstances.