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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jackie's Diamond Sold

NEW YORK -- A 40-carat diamond Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis received as an engagement gift from Aristotle Onassis sold for $2.59 million after a frenzied battle between two anonymous bidders at Sotheby's.


The marquise-shaped, near-flawless diamond had been valued at $500,000 to $600,000. Its sale price was by far the highest figure reached so far at the auction of the former first lady's belongings.


Also, a 10-minute bidding duel drove the price of the desk on which President John F. Kennedy signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963 up to $1.43 million -- 48 times its estimated $30,000 sale price.