Rare Russian pink diamond sells for $27 million
Dubbed "The Spirit of the Rose", the 14.83-carat stone's final sale price including commission set a world record for a purple-pink diamond.
It took just a few minutes for the bids to reach 21 million Swiss francs after the marble-sized stone came up in an online auction, with the final buyer remaining anonymous.
The "Spirit of the Rose" was faceted from a 27.85-carat stone found in 2017 by diamond mining firm Alrosa in Russia's Sakha republic in northeast Siberia.
Pink diamonds are the rarest of the precious gems and the most in demand on the global market.
Five of the 10 most expensive diamonds ever sold have been pink, Sotheby's said, with all sold within the past decade.