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Vivid blue diamond could sell for $50 million at Christie’s auction

Known as Bleu Royal, this vivid blue diamond is among the rarest ever to be unearthed

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Vivid blue diamond could sell for $50 million at Christie's auction

The largest internally flawless fancy vivid blue diamond ever put up for auction could sell for up to $50 million at a Christie’s sale of rare jewels in Geneva on Nov 7, the auctioneer said.

Known as “Bleu Royal,” this vivid blue diamond – which is set in a ring – is among the rarest ever to be unearthed.

“What makes Bleu Royal so rare and special is its size. At 17.6 carats, it’s the largest of its kind,” said Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s international head of jewellery.

“The colour is very rich naturally, and it is internally flawless as best as can be.”

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In 2016, Christie’s sold a rare, 14.6-carat blue diamond known as the “Oppenheimer Blue” for more than $57 million.

“We hope it will beat the Oppenheimer,” Kadakia said of “Bleu Royal.”

“We have toured it all around the world, to Asia, to the US and Europe, and we’ve had good interest from collectors worldwide.”

In a separate online auction running Nov 3-16, Christie’s will be offering a pearl necklace worn by film and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn in the final scene of the movie “Roman Holiday” from 1953.

“We priced it at $20,000 to $30,000, so it’s quite reasonable,” Kadakia said. “Everybody can be Audrey Hepburn.”

The auctioneer will also be presenting a Rolex wristwatch worn by Marlon Brando in the 1979 movie “Apocalypse Now,” on the back of which the actor engraved his signature to avoid having it swapped accidentally during shooting.

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“What makes it truly unique is that it is really one of the most recognizable memorabilia Rolex that has ever surfaced at auction,” said Remi Guillemin, head of watches in Europe at Christie’s.

Two years ago the watch, now valued at between 1 million and 2 million Swiss francs, sold at auction for $2 million Swiss francs ($2.2 million).

“It is indeed highly exceptional to have both pieces from incredible actors – a Rolex from Marlon Brando and a necklace from Audrey Hepburn,” Guillemin said.

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Relatives taunted me for joining showbiz world, Sadia Imam

Relatives taunted me for joining showbiz world, Sadia Imam

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Recently, renowned Pakistani actor Sadia Imam talked about taunts she received from her relatives after joining the showbiz industry.

She recently participated in a private TV show and spoke openly about various topics including her career and marriage.

Talking about marriage, she said that after joining the showbiz industry, the first taunt came from her own relatives as they said she would not get married and even if she does, it would be with an already married person.

She said that before marriage, her parents used to hear such things every day and she has seen them going through agony due to these uncalled for remarks.

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However, she said,”I remained steadfast and told my parents that I would marry whomever they chose but work is my priority,” Imam said.

Talking about her husband, she said she married a young man and now they both have beautiful children.

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Amitabh Bachchan gifts his bungalow to daughter Shweta Nanda

Amitabh Bachchan gifts his bungalow to daughter Shweta Nanda

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Amitabh Bachchan gifts his bungalow to daughter Shweta Nanda

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his wife Jaya Bachchan gifted their bungalow in Mumbai’s Juhu, Prateeksha, to their daughter Shweta Nanda.

The bungalow in the Vitthalnagar Cooperative Housing Society is spread over two plots measuring 674 square metres and 890.47 square metres, which are collectively valued at approximately Rs50.63 crore. 

Two separate gift deeds were signed on Nov 8, and a stamp duty of Rs50.65 lakh was paid for the registration of the deed.

The Bollywood megastar and his family lived in Prateeksha for many years at the beginning of his career. 

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He also owns two other bungalows in Juhu – Jalsa and Janak.

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Salman Khan’s torn shoes trigger gossip on social media

Salman Khan’s torn shoes trigger gossip on social media

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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan recently won hearts when he stepped out to attend ‘Farrey’ screening, where he was seen wearing a pair of torn, faded shoes. 

While Salman looked his usual dapper self in a dark shirt and a pair of formal pants, it was his shoes that caught everyone’s attention. 

One fan wrote, “New trend will start.” 

Another mentioned, “Well, those shoes might be comfortable for him !!” “He is Salman Khan. He doesn’t need to show off,” reacted yet another user on social media.

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Salman was attending the Farrey screening, where he had also invited a bunch of celebrities.

At the event, he also posed with his Tiger 3 co-star and close friend, Katrina Kaif. 

Katrina and Salman were last seen sharing screen space in the Maneesh Sharma directorial, Tiger 3. 

The film, despite receving mixed reviews from the critics, has done a great business for itself at the ticket counter.

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