Laurence Graff is the world’s number one dealer in diamonds and gems, last week he made sure that this reputation was confirmed with the purchase of the stunning 24.78 carat rare pink diamond.
He is also Britain’s richest living art buyer, splashing $24.1m in New York last month on two of Warhol’s best works – Elvis and Campbell’s Soup Can.
Laurence Graff also owns five luxurious homes in England, France, Switzerland and New York, a private, a Mediterranean yacht, his own diamond mine outside Johannesburg, half a dozen properties in Mayfair….
Not bad for someone who left school at fourteen, his first job being a toilet cleaner. He is now estimated to have a worth of £1.2 billion.
The amazing `potentially flawless` pink diamond has set a new record with the auction price stunning staff at Sotheby`s. The auction was laced with gasps as the bids kept coming in. Pink Diamonds UK have never seen such excitement.
Britain’s 36th richest man and Diamond geezer eventually paid £29million, the most ever paid for a jewel.
Graff has previously paid 16.4 million pounds for the 35.56-carat grayish-blue `Wittelsbach Diamond` at Christie`s International in London in December 2008, then the highest for a gem at auction.
Graff immediately named the diamond `The Graff Pink`.
The stone’s rare, perfect pink colour is thought to have been caused by it absorbing light in an unusual way when it was formed deep inside the earth over millions of years. It is set between shield-shaped diamond shoulders on a silver ring.
‘It is the most fabulous diamond I’ve seen in the history of my career and I’m delighted to have bought it,’ said Graff.
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