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Pink diamond auctioned for record $71.2 million in Hong Kong

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017, file photo, the "Pink Star" diamond, the most valuable cut diamond ever offered at auction, is displayed by a model at a Sotheby's auction room in Hong Kong. The stunning 59.6 carat diamond has sold for HK$553 million or US$71.2 million at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong, setting a record for any diamond or jewel. It's Also the highest price for any work ever sold at auction in Asia. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017, file photo, the "Pink Star" diamond, the most valuable cut diamond ever offered at auction, is displayed by a model at a Sotheby's auction room in Hong Kong. The stunning 59.6 carat diamond has sold for HK$553 million or US$71.2 million at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong, setting a record for any diamond or jewel. It's Also the highest price for any work ever sold at auction in Asia. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)  (The Associated Press)

A stunning 59.6 carat diamond known as the "Pink Star" has sold for $71.2 million at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong, setting a new world record for any diamond or jewel, according to the auction house.

The oval mixed-cut diamond smashed the $60 million pre-sale estimate set by Sotheby's when it went on the block Tuesday evening.

The sale comes three years after the gem was sold at an even higher price at another Sotheby's auction in Geneva. That deal later fell apart after the buyer defaulted.

Sotheby's says the gem is the largest flawless fancy vivid pink diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America.

It was sold for a hammer price of $63.0 million, not including fees and the buyer's premium.