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The world’s largest auctioneer, Christie’s, has announced record first-half art sales of £2.2 billion, an increase of 13 per cent over the same period of 2011.

Christie’s posted sales of £1.8 billion in the first six months of 2012, up seven per cent compared to a year ago, while private art sales increased by a staggering 53 per cent to £413 million, according to Reuters.

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A rare pink diamond has been sold for $17.4 million at auction, after just six minutes of bidding, in Hong Kong.

Auction house Christie’s stated the diamond – the biggest of its kind ever to be sold – was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder, according to the BBC.

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The historical Beau Sancy diamond was bought by an anonymous bidder for $9.7 million at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva on Tuesday.

The Beau Sancy is a 34.98 carat diamond which was passed among the royal families in France, England, Prussia and the Netherlands. It was sold by the Royal House of Prussia, the line of descendants that once ruled Prussia, according to Associated Press.

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A painting by Russian-American painter Mark Rothko has become the world’s most expensive contemporary artwork, after fetching USD86.9 million at auction.

Orange, Red, Yellow was painted in 1961 and sold for the record price at Christie’s in New York on Tuesday.

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The largest round fancy intense pink diamond ever sold at auction is due to be auctioned next month, with an expected selling price of up to USD10 million.

According to auction organisers Christie’s, the 12.04-carat pink diamond, called the “Martian Pink”, is the largest ever pink diamond to appear at auction, the Daily Mail reported.

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A vivid yellow diamond weighing 32.7 carats is expected to fetch up to $8 million when it’s sold at auction in October, according to auction house Christie’s in New York.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) ranked the diamond as among the rarest in its class.

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A handgun used by American gangster Al Capone has been sold for £67,250 at an auction in London.

The Colt .38 revolver was bought by a private collector at Christie’s auction house.

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Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor’s renowned collection of jewellery, art, clothing and memorabilia will be sold at a series of auctions, auction house Christie’s announced on Saturday.

“Christie’s will be selling the historic collection of Elizabeth Taylor,” Christie’s said in a statement.

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