Diamond the size of a tennis ball found by Canadian miner could fetch over US$70 million at auction

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The diamond, unearthed in November in Botswana at a mine owned by Canada's Lucara Diamond Corporation, measures 1,109 carats, the second-largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered.

LONDON — A London auctioneer says a diamond the size of a tennis ball that is the largest discovered in more than a century could sell for more than US$70 million.

Sotheby’s says it will offer the Lesedi la Rona diamond in London on June 29.

The diamond was unearthed in November in Botswana at a mine owned by Canada’s Lucara Diamond Corporation. It measured 1,109 carats, the second-largest gem-quality rough diamond ever discovered.

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