The extraterrestrial has found a human owner.
A buyer has purchased Sotheby’s 555.55-carat black diamond for 3.16 million euros ($4.29 million) using cryptocurrency.
“Cryptocurrency will be accepted as payment on the diamond, reflecting the fact that cryptocurrency has started to make its mark in the world of physical art and objects,” the auction house wrote.
It offered the diamond labeled “The Enigma” online from London between February 3 to 9.
Sotheby’s announced on February 10 that it had sold the gem to a buyer who had opted to use cryptocurrency for the purchase. Just last year, the auction house had also sold the Key 10138 diamond for a record price via cryptocurrency.
Although Sotheby’s did not identify the buyer, Hex founder Richard Heart has publicly claimed ownership of the diamond.
“I won the world’s largest cut diamond for our #HEXican cultural heritage! It’ll be called the HEX.com diamond, it weighs 555.55 carats and has 55 facets,” Heart posted on social media.
The Enigma is an extremely valuable and rare “carbonado” or black diamond. In fact, it is the largest naturally black diamond as of 2004 and the largest cut diamond in the world as of 2006, according to the Gemological Institute of America, Gubelin, and the Guinness World Records.
Moreover, it surpassed the weight of the 530.2-carat Great Star of Africa and the 545.67-carat Golden Jubilee.
Experts believe the “dark matter” originated deep in outer space around 2.6 to 3.8 billion years ago
“Unlike most diamonds formed deep within the Earth, carbonados are found in alluvial, sedimentary deposits, close to or on the Earth’s surface. This, and their specific mineral makeup suggest possible extraterrestrial origins, either from meteoric impacts producing natural chemical vapor deposition or from diamond-bearing asteroids colliding with the Earth,” Sotheby’s wrote.
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