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Sapphire's sale leaves Minnesotans in shock

The Minnesota Historical Society entered a 22.66 carat sapphire belonging to the society, into a New York City auction last week, speculating that it might bring around $80,000. The gem was sold for $3.06 million, of which the society will receive $2.6 million after commission and fees.

The Pioneer Press added that the gem was given to the society in 2006 and was never on display.

I think that both stories would be better if they gave more detail about the historical value of the gem.