• Short Summary

    THE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO SPENT FRIDAY NIGHT ON THE PAVEMENT OUTSIDE 32 TOKYO STORES TO BUY 25,000 DIAMONDS WERE WELL REWARDED FOR THEIR PAINS WHEN THE STORES OPENED ON SATURDAY MORNING.

  • Description

    THE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO SPENT FRIDAY NIGHT ON THE PAVEMENT OUTSIDE 32 TOKYO STORES TO BUY 25,000 DIAMONDS WERE WELL REWARDED FOR THEIR PAINS WHEN THE STORES OPENED ON SATURDAY MORNING. THE DIAMONDS, REQUISITIONED BY THE GOVERNMENT DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR, WERE SOLD AT LESS THAN HALF THEIR CURRENT MARKET PRICE AND WITH THEIR QUALITY GUARANTEED BY THE GOVERNMENT.
    THE DIAMONDS WERE SOLD AT 10 DEPARTMENT STORES AND 22 JEWELRY STORES. AT ONE BIG STORE, EMPLOYEES CONTROLLED THE CROWD BY ISSUING TICKETS, ALLOWING IN ONLY 50 PEOPLE AT A TIME. A MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN, WHO HAD SPENT 20 HOURS OUTSIDE THE STORE BOUGHT THE LARGEST ON SALE FOR ABOUT GBP270 STERLING.
    THE GBP25,000 DIAMONDS, TOTALLING 14,000 CARATS, WERE SOLD FOR A TOTAL OF ABOUT GBP600,000 -- LESS THAN HALF THEIR VALUE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7KPN7VUF31HN854LQBRYUP4J2
    Media URN:
    VLVA7KPN7VUF31HN854LQBRYUP4J2
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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