400 carats and as big as a pear – The world’s largest flawless diamond to be auctioned at more than $14 million at Sotheby’s

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It cannot get grander than this! Sotheby’s has unveiled the biggest shinning rock in the history of mankind. We’re talking about the Golden Canary Diamond which weighs a massive 303.10 carats and comes in a brownish-yellow hue. Touted to be the largest polished diamonds in the world and the largest flawless or internally flawless diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America, the gem has been recut from its original shield shape into a more traditional pear shape.

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It was first discovered in a pile of rubble by a young girl playing in her uncle’s garden in the 1980s. The 890-carat rough diamond had found its way there after miners from the nearby MIBA diamond mine had considered it too bulky to be a diamond and had discarded it.

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Commenting on it, Quig Bruning, Head of Jewelry for Sotheby’s America’s commented, “We have had an exceptional year of presenting extraordinary colored diamonds at our global jewelry auctions, as the demand and appetite for these rarities continue to grow. Just two weeks after the record-breaking sale of the Williamson Pink Star for $57.7 million, we are honored to offer the largest polished diamond in present existence to appear at auction.”

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“Steeped in history, The Golden Canary is one of the most exquisite diamonds to ever be discovered, not only for its sheer size and intensity in color but for its stunning beauty that is sure to captivate collectors around the world. Sotheby’s is privileged to help write the next chapter for this incomparable, reborn gem,” Bruning further added.

The Golden Canary Diamond will be showcased on a worldwide across cities including Taipei, Geneva, and Hong Kong before being auctioned in New York for an estimated price of over $14 million.

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