£2.4million, He also found and sold another piece worth £1.5million.
Tanzanian miner Saniniu Laizer made the sale at a trading event attended by hundreds this morning
It follows the small-scale miner, finding two other chunks of the gemstone last month in one of the
tanzanite mines in the north of the country, which is surrounded by a wall to control cross-border
smuggling of the valuable mineral. Locals were excited in the build-up to today’s sale and other miners were surprised by
Mr. Laizer’s fortunate finds but ‘acknowledged perseverance may have something to do with it’,
The 52-year-old, who has four wives and 30 children, previously vowed to use some of his earnings to
build a school and a shopping mall in his community, adding that many locals can’t afford
to pay for their children’s education.