This model 'diamond' is one of three commissioned in Austria for use during filming. According to the vendor, one was smashed on the first day of filming, this one he kept as a memento, and the whereabouts of the other is unknown.
This tremendously successful series of films, written and directed by Blake Edwards, started in 1963 with The Pink Panther when the incompetent but endearing Inspector Jaques Clouseau, played so memorably by Peter Sellers, is first introduced.
In the film the famous jewel, known as the Pink Panther, is given to Princess Dala of Lugash by her father, and so begins its journey around the globe as it is pursued by the famous jewel thief Sir Charles Litton (played firstly by David Niven and then Christopher Plummer), otherwise known as 'The Phantom', whose trademark white monogrammed glove (see lot 196) is left at the scene of his crimes.
In The Return Of The Pink Panther the film opens with the guide in the Royal Museum in Lugash describing the diamond to a group of tourists....from the Dynasty of Akbar the Magnificent and for over a thousand years our nation's religious symbol, the Pink Panther, the largest and most famous diamond in the world, irreplacable, it's value cannot be estimated in terms of money....., in answer to the question regarding it's name, the guide replies...the stone is flawed, if it is held up to the light in a certain way, the figure of a springing panther can be seen clearly....