A huge black diamond from outer space is officially on sale

It’s 2022, so really, there’s no reason you can’t buy a black diamond from space – and pay for it in crypto – is there?

The outpost of auction house Sotheby’s Dubai is displaying and selling a 555.55 carat black diamond believed to have come from “interstellar space” and has been dubbed “The Enigma”.

According to Sotheby’s – which, to be frank, has a pretty solid incentive to enlarge this magnificent specimen – the palm-sized black diamond is “thought to have been created either from a meteoric impact or to have emerged from a diamond-bearing asteroid that collided with Earth.For good measure, it was also listed as the world’s largest cut diamond in 2006, when it entered the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ .

Another eyebrow-raising detail about the sale is that Sotheby’s is allowing the diamond to be sold in cryptocurrency — a move the company calls a nod to “the fact that cryptocurrency has started to make its mark in the world of physical art and objects” after the auction house sold another rare diamond for $12.3 million in crypto last summer.

In one Barrons statement, Nikita Binani, jewelry specialist and head of sales at Sotheby’s London, said the diamond is “one of the rarest, billion-year-old cosmic wonders known to mankind.”

The statement noted that the origin story of “The Enigma” is also shrouded in mystery, as details of its discovery and cutting have not been made public.

Sotheby’s isn’t the only auction house using digital currencies – Christie’s also auctioned off for the crypto sale a painting by Keith Haring estimated to be worth between $5-6 million.

Christie’s has also delved into the world of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and more specifically that of the Bored Ape Yacht Club. In December, the prestigious auction house sold four “bored monkeysfor a cumulative amount of US$2.84 million.

Between crypto officially entering the fine art world and space diamonds being sold on the blockchain, 2022 already looks a lot more futuristic than the trash fire of 2021.

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