On May 15, 2012, the famous Beau Sancy diamond, owned (until this afternoon) by His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia, was sold at auction for $9.7 million at Sotheby’s in Geneva, Switzerland.  At the end of the auction, Mr. Philipp Herzog von Wuerttenberg, chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, was overheard stating, “You are buying a historic work of art… you are not buying a diamond.”

At this time the individual who purchased the beautiful 35-carat diamond remains anonymous.  Click here to read an article from the Washington Post.

To learn more about other items that were on auction please click here.

Sources: Agence France Press and Washington Post