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Rare blue diamond goes under auction in Geneva for $17 million

GENEVA: A rare blue diamond on Wednesday sold in Geneva for just over $17 million, as Sotheby's eyed total sales in excess of $100 million at the autumn jewel auctions. The 8.01-carat "Sky Blue" diamond in a Cartier setting was snapped up for $17.1 million (15.9 million euros), a hike of 33 percent on the $12.8 million it sold for in 2012, said the auction house's international jewellery division director David Bennett. Rival auction house Christie's opened the season on Tuesday with 167 lots that sold for $97 million,…