Farnese Blue Sold at Sotheby’s Auction for $6.7 Million

The famous Farnese Blue diamond, who adorned European royalties for centuries, has recently been sold at a Geneva auction house. A Sotheby’s representative declared that the bid for the Farnese Blue closed at $6.7 million. The buyer’s name has yet to be disclosed.

Farnese Blue Belong to King Philip V of Spain’s Wife

The glistening 6.16-carat diamond has found itself a new home, as revealed by Philip Herzog von Wurttemberg of Sotheby’s.

With an impressive history that spans three centuries, the Farnese Blue traveled all over Europe, featuring in the private collections of many monarchs, including Queen Elizabeth and, of course, King Philip V of Spain.

As the story goes, the brilliant was unearthed in India’s Golconda Mines at the beginning of the 18thcentury. The impressive gem would soon be purchased by the Duke of Parma.

In 1715, the Duke’s daughter, Elizabeth Farnese, would wed King Philip V of Spain.

To celebrate this auspicious alliance, the Duke of Parma gifts the silver-blue gem to his daughter.

History reveals that the Farnese Blue never remained in Spain after Farnese’s death. Since it belonged to the family’s descendants, the Farnese Blue traveled to Italy, Austria, and France.

Commenting on the diamond’s remarkably rich history, von Wurttemberg noted that the brilliant was less popular compared to other European gems since only royal families and court members had knowledge of its existence.

Before reemerging in one of Queen Elizabeth’s descendants’ collection, the Farnese Blue was placed under lock and key.

After Elizabeth’s descendant passed away, the Farnese Blue was donated to Sotheby’s auction house in Geneva.


And it would appear that, as of last week, the 6.12-carat diamond found a new owner. The generous buyer offered $6.7 million for the Farnese Blue.

According to von Wurttemberg, the auction house was taken aback by the purchase, considering that the generous patron offered $1.5 million more compared to the estimates.

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