The legendary Pink Panther made its debut as a cartoon character in the 1963 comedy-mystery film of the same name.
Created by David DePatie and Friz Freleng, the famous feline appeared in the opening and closing credits of the movie starring David Niven as an infamous jewel thief known as the ‘Phantom’, and Peter Sellers as the farcically inept Inspector Jacques Clouseau.
To the accompaniment of Henry Mancini’s Grammy award winning theme music, the svelte cat proved so popular that a series of theatrical cartoon shorts was produced with the Pink Panther in the starring role. These were subsequently transferred to TV as part of the hugely popular Pink Panther Show.
In the original movie, the Pink Panther was actually the name of a large and incredibly valuable pink diamond. When viewed up close, the flaw at the centre of the enormous gemstone resembled a leaping pink panther, hence its name. Even though it’s only a fictional gem, the Pink Panther is arguably the most famous pink diamond in the world.
Featuring genuine examples of the world’s rarest diamonds, these limited edition Pink Diamond Ingots offer an exciting opportunity to acquire a prestigious and highly desirable precious metal collectable celebrating the Pink Panther.
Struck from 91.67% pure pink gold and 99.95% pure platinum, each ingot is handset with two stunning pink diamonds from the Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia where an entire year’s production is just enough to fill the palm of a human hand. Subject to extremely limited availability, just 35 1oz platinum ingots (available now), 300 1oz gold ingots (available now) and eight 10oz gold ingots (available 1 May 2018) will ever be released.
Capturing the humourous spirit of the famous cartoons, a nonchalant Pink Panther is portrayed about to pluck a stunning Argyle pink diamond off the top of a plinth. His tail wraps around to the back of the ingots which feature another pink diamond as well as familiar Pink Panther motifs in the form of a star burst and a trail of footprints.
The ingots are the newest additions to an eclectic range of high-end collectables expertly crafted by The Perth Mint from precious metals and exquisitely coloured natural pink diamonds. Previous releases have attracted international attention from investors, collectors and connoisseurs captivated by their stunning quality, allure and exclusivity.
Destined to follow suit, each Pink Panther Ingot is encased in a large, transparent diamond shaped setting bedded inside a luxury black presentation case. The visually arresting display it creates may well leave you as speechless at the Pink Panther himself!