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Diamond the size of a tennis ball set to fetch $90M at auction after being unearthed in Botswana

May 05, 2016

A DIAMOND the size of a tennis ball which is the largest discovered in more than a century could sell for as much as $90million, according to Sotheby's.

Lesedi La Rona
Lesedi La Rona, formerly known as Karowe AK6, is the second-largest gem-quality diamond ever found, after the Cullinan

The auctioneers will offer the Lesedi la Rona diamond for sale in London on June 29. The gemstone was unearthed in November in Botswana at a mine owned by Canada's Lucara Diamond Corporation.

It measured 1,109 carats, making it the second-largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered. Its name means "our light" in the Tswana language. The auctioneer said the rough gemstone could yield the largest top-quality diamond ever cut and polished. The largest diamond ever found was the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond, unearthed in South Africa in 1905. It was cut into nine pieces that form part of the UK Crown Jewels.



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