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Bonhams' London Jewels sale will be featuring a historic item on the auctioning block on April 30th. The Cullinan diamond was the largest rough diamond in the world and the paperwork for its eventual cutting in the early twentieth century is now going on sale to any students of history. 

Unearthed in Pretoria, South Africa in 1905, the Cullinan rough diamond was originally believed to be a large crystal, and was named after Thomas Cullinan who was the chairman of the mine where it was uncovered.



These documents going on sale had to do with the cutting of the beastly gem, weighing at a whopping 3,106 carats. The lot that will be auctioned off will include the original documents, two replications of the nine initially cut diamonds, as well as a paste replica of the Cullinan. Everything is expected to garner between $2,600 and $3,900.

More details regarding the auction of these precious documents can be found at

Information originally sourced from National Jeweler.