The 910-carat Lesotho Legend was sold for $40 million in a tender in Antwerp, Gem Diamonds Ltd. said Tuesday. The company found the stone, which is about the size of two golf balls, at its Letseng mine in the African country this year.
While it’s the most Gem has yet received for a diamond, other companies have sold for more. Lucara Diamond
Corp. got a record $63 million for an 813-carat stone last year and $53 million for the 1,109-carat diamond
it found at the same time, which was the second-biggest in history.
The Letseng mine is famous for the size and quality of the diamonds it produces and has the highest average selling price in the world. Gem sold a 357-carat stone for $19.3 million in 2015 and in 2006 found the 603-carat Lesotho Promise.
So far this year, the company has found six diamonds bigger than 100 carats, putting it on track for its best year yet.