In a brazen heist, a French woman swapped precious gems for garden-variety rocks at a London jewelry store.
The Key 10138 was sold to an unidentified buyer in a live, single-lot auction on Friday.
The pear-shaped diamond will be offered in a single-lot live sale at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on July 9.
If so, it will become the most expensive purple-pink diamond to sell at auction.
The feminine model comes in two equally pretty versions: steel and pink gold.
The April auction will offer 217 exceptional lots.
Two technical, elegant timepieces with utterly original looks.
The rarity will lead Alrosa’s Jubilee Auction taking place in Dubai on March 22.
The London-based jeweler specializes in private commissions at the rarefied end of the jewelry spectrum.