F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote a story called “The Diamond As Big As the Ritz.” Were he alive today, who knows what sort of narrative he might be inspired to fashion about a remarkable gem coming up for auction on February 26? It’s a 65,500ct earth mined stone, not quite as big as a hotel perhaps, but large enough to be the world’s largest faceted emerald. Not many precedents exist for evaluating its worth, which accounts for its rather broad estimate of $100,000-$500,000.
Otherwise, the “tangible assets” sale by US Asset Forfeiture & Seizures is a grab bag of goods, including furniture, coins, ceramics, and jewelry. A wooden mid-century Cherner chair (est. $1,200-$1,500), a lot of 100 Mercury Dimes (est. $300), and an Emerald & Diamond Ladies ring (est. $15,000-$28,000 convey a sense of the auction’s eclectic range. It will take place in Stanwood, Washington.