AUCTION – Sotheby’s unveils one of the world’s largest polished diamonds, The Golden Canary


At 303.10 Carats, The Golden Canary is the largest flawless or internally flawless diamond ever graded by the GIA

The historically important diamond is expected to realise in excess of $15 Million at Sotheby’s New York this December 

Combining great rarity, beauty and intensity, coloured diamonds are continuing to make history this year, headlining Sotheby’s flagship jewellery auctions in Hong Kong, Geneva and New York.

Sotheby’s has unveiled another landmark gem: The Golden Canary. Weighing a colossal 303.10 carats, the Fancy Deep Brownish-Yellow Diamond is one of the largest polished diamonds in the world and the largest flawless or internally flawless diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Sotheby’s unveils one of the world’s largest polished diamonds

Picture courtesy of Sotheby’s

The miraculous diamond boasts a peerless history and provenance – formerly weighing just over 407 carats as the “Incomparable Diamond.” Recut from its original shield-shape into a classic pear-shape, the Golden Canary is now deeper in colour, brighter in hue and more elegant in profile, rightfully claiming its spot in the pantheon of exceptional diamonds.

The Golden Canary is set to highlight Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction in New York on 7 December, 2022, with an estimate in the region of $15 million, and offered without reserve, with bidding starting at just $1. 

Quig Bruning, Head of Jewelry for Sotheby’s America’s, said: “We have had an exceptional year of presenting extraordinary coloured diamonds at our global jewellery auctions, as the demand and appetite for these rarities continues to grow.

“Just two weeks after the record-breaking sale of the Williamson Pink Star for $57.7 million, we are honoured to offer the largest polished diamond in present existence to appear at auction.

“Steeped in history, The Golden Canary is one of the most exquisite diamonds to ever be discovered, not only for its sheer size and intensity in colour, but for its stunning beauty that is sure to captivate collectors around the world. Sotheby’s is privileged to help write the next chapter for this incomparable, reborn gem.”