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World’s largest green diamond up for auction

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 01:25

The Aurora Green diamond, a Himalayan crocodile Birkin handbag and a leather jacket designed by Jean Paul Gaultier are for sale at Christie's in Hong Kong.

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The world's largest green diamond, a 5.03-carat fancy vivid green diamond called 'The Aurora Green' will go under the hammer at Christie's in Hong Kong. Christie's associate vice president and jewelry specialist, May Lim, said the rare stone has been recently verified by the Gemological Institute of America. "It is the largest fancy green vivid diamond in the world. So it's definitely something that collectors are looking for at the moment," she told Reuters. As part of its 30 year anniversary in Asia, Christie's is also offering 30 special lots including a Kashmir sapphire bracelet estimated to fetch up to $10 million (USD). Another item expected to break world records is a Himalayan Niloticus Crocodile Diamond Birkin handbag by Hermes. Christie's senior Asia vice president of handbags and accessories, Matthew Rubinger, said the bag, boasting solid white gold hardware with 10-carats of diamonds, is the most valuable bag ever to be auctioned in Asia. He said only one or two Himalaya diamond pieces are produced by Hermes each year, so this piece, made in 2008 is truly a one-of-a kind and expected to reach more than $250,000 (USD). Another highlight was a matt black porous crocodile jacket by French designer, Jean Paul Gaultier, with an estimate of $32,000 (USD). Rubinger called it one of the most important fashion creations of the 21st century, designed by Gaultier for his first runway collection with Hermes in 2004 and modeled by Linda Evangelista. Christie's will hold its spring auction in Hong Kong from May 27 to June 1 from fine wines, contemporary art and ancient ceramics to accessories.

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World’s largest green diamond up for auction

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 01:25