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Rare 17th century blue diamond to be auctioned

2008-12-06 10:16:31 GMT2008-12-06 18:16:31 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Becky Markley holds the Wittelbach diamond, a rare 35.6 carat 17th century grey-blue diamond, at Christie's auction house in London, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. The diamond was part of the dowry of the Infanta Mararita Teresa upon her engagement to Leopold I of Austria, given by her father King Philip IV of Spain, and is expected to sell for some 9 million pounds (13 million U.S. dollars) at auction on Dec. 10. ((Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Becky Markley holds the Wittelbach diamond, a rare 35.6 carat 17th century grey-blue diamond, at Christie's auction house in London, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Becky Markley holds the Wittelbach diamond, a rare 35.6 carat 17th century grey-blue diamond, at Christie's auction house in London, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. The diamond was part of the dowry of the Infanta Mararita Teresa upon her engagement to Leopold I of Austria, given by her father King Philip IV of Spain, and is expected to sell for some 9 million pounds (13 million U.S. dollars) at auction on Dec. 10.

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