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Christie’s Is Going to Auction the Largest Blue Diamond Ever

The Oppenheimer Blue diamond.The Oppenheimer Blue diamond.
The Oppenheimer Blue diamond.Courtesy of Christie's.

In May, bidders in Geneva will have a shot a the largest blue diamond to ever be auctioned.

The 14.62-carat, “Oppenheimer Blue” diamond is expected to sell for as much as $45 million, according to Bloomberg.

The big sale could come on the heels of a handful of equally pricey diamonds, like the 12.03-carat fancy blue diamond that sold for $48.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction last year. This April, Sotheby’s will sell a 9.54-carat blue diamond once owned by Shirley Temple for $35 million, Bloomberg reported.

The Oppenheimer Blue diamond will be especially coveted due to its rarefied history—it’s previous owner was Sir Philip Oppenheimer of De Beers Mining Company fortune.

The diamond will lead Christie’s auction of Magnificent Jewels at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues on May 18.