The Infinite Blue at auction basket

Sep 27, 2023

The Infinite Blue, with its vast range of shades and depths, has long been a captivating color in the world of art, carrying profound symbolism and evoking a multitude of emotions.

From serene tranquility to profound melancholy, blue holds a significant place in artistic expression, transcending cultural boundaries and resonating with human experiences. Artists throughout history have used blue to create tranquil and peaceful atmospheres: from the serene blue skies in landscape paintings, gentle waves rolling across a serene seascape, to cool hues of twilight.

To capture the celestial heavens as a visual cue that invites the viewer to realms beyond the earthly while contemplating the mysteries of the universe and their place within it. In the kaleidoscope of the diamond world then, blue infuses a gem with an otherworldly quality that captivates with ethereal beauty. This is what makes blue diamonds among the most coveted treasures as, throughout history, blue diamonds have graced the courts of kings and queens.

Sotheby’s is delighted to present the Infinite Blue, an 11.28-carat Fancy Vivid Blue diamond. The Infinite Blue has a captivating hue that alludes to the vastness of the ocean. Originating from the legendary Cullinan mine, the discovery of the rough for the Infinite Blue was a momentous occasion.

Only 0.1% of the total mining production can produce blue diamonds, irrespective of the strength of color. The Blue Moon of Josephine, weighing 12 carats and found in the same mine, set an auction per-carat price record of US$ 4 million in 2015 with Sotheby’s, a record that holds to this day.

Infinite Blue will tour around the world before an exhibition at Hong Kong Convention Center from the 2nd to the 5th of October. Private viewings will be available.

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