World's largest freshwater pearl put up for Dutch auction

'The Sleeping Lion' is going on sale at a public auction in the Netherlands on May 31, with top estimates valuing it at $632,000.

    The world's largest known freshwater pearl, known as 'The Sleeping Lion', is up for sale.

    The 300-year-old natural wonder has been owned by some of the most influential leaders over the last three centuries.

    It will be sold at the Venduehuis auction house in The Hague in the Netherlands on Thursday.

    Al Jazeera's Charlotte Bellis reports.


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