Update: The most expensive earrings ever auctioned have sold for a staggering $57.4 million, according to Sotheby’s. They were purchased separately, although by the same person, for $42.08 million and $15.3 million for the blue and pink stones, respectively. Sadly the buyer remains anonymous, meaning we’ll never know if the lucky owner will be sporting these jewels together as a mismatched set. (We kind of hope they do.)
Originally published on April 10, 2017
Think you've seen some pretty earrings before? These diamond versions will probably top 'em. Sotheby's is auctioning off two mismatched earrings, dubbed Apollo and Artemis. The former is a 14-carat blue flawless diamond expected to fetch between $38 million and $50 million. Its partner in crime, Artemis, is a 16-carat flawless pink diamond that's worth between $12 million and $18 million. How's that for a dynamic duo?
Sotheby's executive David Bennett explained the significance of the diamonds in a press release: "These exquisite colored diamonds are enormously rare, and each is a wonderful stone in its own right," he said. "Together, as a pair of earrings, they are breathtaking. We have named them after Apollo and Artemis, a twin brother and sister of great power and beauty who were among the most widely venerated of the Ancient Greek deities." The press release even describes them as the most valuable earrings ever offered at an auction—you can officially color us impressed.
Scroll down to see the diamond earrings that Sotheby's is putting up for auction.