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BHP Billiton’s Ekati Spirit Truly Special


March/April 2011

BHP Billiton’s stunning 78-carat, Ekati Spirit, fetched a remarkable $6M USD plus purchase price at the company’s February 14th Antwerp, Belgium hybrid auction for special stones. And, the Ekati Spirit lived up to its billing as “special” indeed, bringing in (by wide margin) a new record price for a single BHP Billiton stone.

Some 70 industry customers from around the world gathered to participate for the first time in BHP Billiton’s unique new ‘Uniform Price Auction’ (open and transparent) system to bid on the amazing stone. To date, the Ekati Spirit represents the most significant gem quality diamond discovered at the Ekati Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories, since operations began in 1998.