Book Thanksgiving travel now, AAA says; Pink diamond sets auction record

Thinking about traveling for Thanksgiving?

Now might be the best time to book, according to AAA.

“The time is now. It’s yesterday, it’s today, it’s tomorrow, it’s as soon as possible,” said Ann Lishwe, travel sales manager for AAA Northeast.

With the Covid-19 outbreak on the wane and many Americans still hungry for travel after staying closer to home in recent years, the upcoming holiday season is predicted to be a busy one, the agency said.

The travel agency’s top destinations for Thanksgiving travelers from the Northeast include Orlando, Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, Nashville, Maui, Tampa, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, D.C.

The pink diamond set the auction record at $49.9 million

A pink diamond sold for $49.9 million in Hong Kong, setting a world record for the highest price per carat for a diamond sold at auction.

The 11.15-carat Williamson Pink Star diamond sold at auction at Sotheby’s Hong Kong sold for HK$392 million, or about $49.9 million. It was originally estimated at $21 million.

Williamson’s Pink Star takes its name from two famous pink diamonds. The first 23.60-carat Williamson diamond was presented to the late Queen Elizabeth II as a wedding gift in 1947, and the second, 59.60-carat Pink Star Diamond, was sold at auction in 2017 for $71.2 million.

The Williamson Pink Star is the second largest pink diamond ever to appear at auction. The pink diamond is one of the most expensive and the most expensive of the colored diamonds.

Tobias Kormind, managing director of 77 Diamonds, said: “This is an impressive result, which confirms the strength of high-end diamonds in a turbulent economy.

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