Largest natural pearl ever offered for sale at Christie's Dubai, sold for US $254,500, at the Christie's Important Jewels Sale, held on April 20, 2011, at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel. The Pearl that was Lot No. 79 at the sale, was a 239.7-grain, baroque drop-shaped, natural, saltwater, nacreous pearl, with a foliate surmount set with circular-cut diamonds, and suspended as a pendant from a spectacle-set diamond chain 42 cm long. A pre-sale estimate of US $180,000 to $250,000 was placed on the lot. However, the lot was sold for US $254,500, which was $4,500 above the upper pre-sale estimate. The enhanced price realized was attributed by David Warren, International Director of Christie's Jewelry Department and Head of Jewelry Middle East, to the historic provenance of the pearl and diamond necklace, as well as, the large size of the natural pearl, being one of the largest recorded.
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239.7-grain baroque drop-shaped natural saltwater nacreous pearl