Christie’s sets all-time auction record with ‘The Blue’: $24 million

Christie’s sets all-time auction record with ‘The Blue’: $24 millionThe world’s largest flawless vivid blue diamond has sold for $24.2 million, setting an all-time record at a global auction of $2 million per carat for a blue rock.

The pear-shaped diamond, known as “The Blue” is a 13.22 carats precious gem that has put Christie’s International back in the podium, as world’s top jewellery auction house.

Al in all, the company got a world record of $154.2 million in this spring auction

Christie’s sets all-time auction record with ‘The Blue’: $24 millionThe stone’s winner was Harry Winston, which has rechristened the diamond as the Winston Blue.

This is the second time in the last year the Swatch Group–owned retailer purchased a notable stone; it spent $27 million on the 101.73 ct. D flawless Winston Legacy last May.

“When Christie’s announced they were offering the largest flawless fancy vivid blue the GIA had ever graded, I had to buy it,” said Harry Winston CEO Nayla Hayek in a statement, quoted by Diamond World.

This is not the first time Christie's scores big. Last year it sold "The Orange" —the largest fancy vivid orange diamond in the world— for $35.5 million.