Foreign News: Dumping Diamonds

COMMONWEALTH (British Commonwealth of Nations)

Christie's, smartest of London auction rooms, buzzed eagerly last week, as an auctioneer rapped to announce that he would sell the 61 ½%-carat diamond "Golden Dawn," since 1913 the property of its disc verer Captain C. R. Lucas, who found it near Kimberly, South Africa.

"A thousand pounds!" squeaked a Yiddish humorist to start the bidding.

"Four thousand pounds," said a quiet, mellow voice, the voice of His Highness Aga Sultan Sir Mahomed Shah, the Aga Khan III. At once the buzz of Christie's quieted. The Aga Khan had recently...

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