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Thread: Largest Pearl on the Market up for Auction

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    Oct 2004
    Houston, TX

    Default Largest Pearl on the Market up for Auction

    By BARBARA SURK, Associated Press Writer

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - It has been passed down for 800 years, from Chinese emperors to Marco Polo. The name of its current owner is a secret. But Thursday, hundreds of people will get the chance to buy the world's largest natural pearl on the market.


    The "Arco Valley Pearl" 3.1 inches in length will be up for bidding at Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace and on the Internet, where it is estimated to fetch up to $8 million.

    The 575-carat pearl from 12th century Mongolia once belonged to Chinese emperors, Persian kings, the grandson of Genghis Khan and Marco Polo.

    The value of the saltwater pearl is based on its size, color, weight, exclusivity, history and records of what people have been prepared to pay for similar precious items.

    "It's 800 years old and it still takes your breath away," said Khaled al-Sayegh, 35, a jeweler from Abu Dhabi and chairman of the organizing committee for Thursday's event.

    Arco Valley is only the biggest pearl up for sale in the world.

    The 9.45-inch Pearl of Allah is the world's largest. It was found by a diver off the Philippine island of Palawan in 1934 and is stored in a museum in that country.

    The Arco Valley pearl, named after a previous owner from Austria's Arco Valley family dynasty, is white with a touch of blue, mixed with pink and cream colors on its sides. It has been drilled three times: to fit among the jewels of an unknown woman's tiara, to go with a ceremonial mandarin suit and to fit a crown or turban decorated with precious stones belonging to a Persian king.

    It has since been restored to its original shape.

    Court documents prove the pearl was owned by Kublai Khan, the 13th century emperor of China and grandson of Genghis Khan. Experts believe Kublai Khan gave the pearl to Marco Polo as a gift.

    Al-Sayegh said he and his partner brought the Arco Valley pearl to Abu Dhabi less than two months ago. He said the pearl was privately owned but did not disclose the owner's name.

    At least 400 people from the Emirates, Gulf countries, China, India, Britain, the U.S. and Tahiti are expected to attend the auction.
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    Dec 2004
    near Tucson AZ


    Here is a link to the thread I started last week on the subject.

    There is a picture of it in the article. It appears to be a press release photo
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    Feb 2007
    Matsumoto, Japan


    LOL...I thought I had just read about that recently. I saw a photo of the Pearl of Allah( also noted in the article). IMHO, that pearl is ugly as sin. Magnificent for it's size, no doubt, but I think it looks more like a brain than a turbaned head. The Arco Valley Pearl is lovely though.

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    Casey.R Guest


    I don't find it ugly at all.
    Oh you mean the other one. Do you have a photoof it?
    Last edited by Casey.R; 05-03-2007 at 06:30 PM.

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    Valeria101 Guest


    There was another thread about it recently: THIS ONE

    ... same press release is making its way around the world (it took weeks from the Gulf News) to Romania!

    Another photo seems to show a different color and the scale!

    Last edited by Valeria101; 05-03-2007 at 06:29 PM.

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    Aug 2004
    Victoria Canada, and Los Angeles, CA

    Default was actually contact yesterday by CBS news radio to do an interview in regards to this pearl.

    Unfortunatly they emailed a couple of hours before taping was to begin and we didn't get a chance to weigh in on the topic.
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    Default auction postponed

    Looks like they postponed the auction for the time being. The updated article is here:

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    Dec 2004
    near Tucson AZ


    I already posted this update five days ago here.

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