Herman Dommisse, the seller of The Sleeping Lion Pearl, which once belonged to Catherine the Great and believed to be the world's largest freshwater pearl, shows the pearl before being auctioned in The Hague. Photo: Reuters

World’s largest freshwater pearl, thought to originate near Hong Kong, sells for US$374,000

The misshapen Sleeping Lion pearl, once owned by Catherine the Great, is believed to have formed in Chinese waters in the early 1700s

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Herman Dommisse, the seller of The Sleeping Lion Pearl, which once belonged to Catherine the Great and believed to be the world's largest freshwater pearl, shows the pearl before being auctioned in The Hague. Photo: Reuters
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