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The Black Orlov Diamond sold for $360,000, a fraction of its highest price at auction, Wednesday in New York.

Marilyn Monroe famously sang, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”

And they’re no stranger to jeweler J. Dennis Petimezas, either.

As Petimezas sold his infamous Black Orlov Diamond at Christie’s Auction House in New York for $360,000 on Wednesday, he already had his eye on a rock owned by the legendary siren. His longing for the Monroe diamond was the reason he sold the 67.5-carat Black Orlov, curse and all, to an unidentified bidder from another continent. 

“I just hate to think my Orlov won’t be in the States,” the Johnstowner said from The Big Apple.

He’d owned it for 30 months.

The jewel once sold for $1.5 million, and Petimezas said he has refused much higher offers. “Am I happy with the price? I’m like a politician: I’m happy to win. You might have wanted more votes (or dollars), but you’re happy,” he said.

“I don’t think I could have separated from it if I didn’t have another ... lined up.”

He planned to finish the day by celebrating his last day as owner and the prospects of moving forward.

But his revelry will not take place in any high-rise: At least three of the diamond’s previous owners leaped to their deaths.

“I’m making sure I’m having my celebration drink at street level, just to be safe,” Petimezas said, chuckling.

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