You wouldn’t think that diamonds have much to do with endangered lowland gorillas. But recently at the New York auction house Christie’s, proceeds from a $4 million sale of donated diamonds went to protecting gorillas as well as to several other organizations chosen by the donor.

Subsequent Christie’s sales included a collection of antique canes and walking sticks and a wine collection. All proceeds went to various charities and institutions, according to Ronald Varney Fine Art Advisors in New York, which represented the donors at the auctions.

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