The star attractions of this May sale in Geneva are jewels from the collection of the legendary Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida. The auction will feature important Bulgari jewels of the 1950s and 1960s, worn by Miss Lollobrigida at landmark moments in her career. These were highlights of the international touring exhibition, “Bulgari – 125 Years of Italian Magnificence in 2009-2012.” They include a cushion-shaped diamond ring weighing 19.03 carats, Bulgari, 1962, a pair of natural pearl and diamond pendants, Bulgari, 1964 and a diamond necklace/bracelet, Bulgari, 1954.
The Noble Jewels section features an exceptional cushion-shaped Fancy Yellow diamond jewel, weighing nearly 75 carats, formerly in the private collection of His Late Imperial Majesty Sultan Ahmad Shah Qajar (b.1898 - d.1930), together with an important pink diamond and diamond necklace set with a light pink brilliant-cut diamond weighing 6.93 carats and a circular-cut diamond weighing 34.78 carats; also featured is a gem set and diamond necklace, by Bulgari, circa 1965, from a European Princely Family.
Following the success of the May 2012 sale of the Jewels from the Collection of Suzanne Belperron, a collection will be offered of jewels designed by Suzanne Belperron for her close friend Cécyle Simon, including thirty-four pieces she personally created for her.
The Magnificent Jewels sale also includes important diamonds such as an exquisite cushion-shaped diamond weighing 27.90 carats, D Colour, Internally Flawless, Type IIa, along with a selection of fine coloured gemstones including a rare Kashmir sapphire ring weighing 11.71 carats and an impressive sapphire and diamond pendant-brooch weighing 43.27 carats.
Highlights from this upcoming Geneva sale will also be on view in Hong Kong, London, New York, Rome, Paris and Zurich.
In an electric atmosphere at Sotheby’s Geneva, outstanding pieces from the collection of international screen legend Gina Lollobrigida sold for a combined total of CHF 4,741,500 ($4,962,122) (est. CHF 1.8-3.1 million/ $1.9-3.2 million). An exceptional pair of natural pearl and diamond pendant earrings - said to have belonged to the historic collection of the House of Habsburg – which the actress wore on numerous landmark occasions in her career, sold for CHF 2,285,000 ($2,391,321) – an auction record for a pair of natural pearl ear pendants, beating the figure set by Elizabeth Taylor’s pearl earrings in 2011*. Buyers from around the world also clamoured for seminal pieces from the 1950s and 1960s by Bulgari. Ms Lollobrigida’s collection was the centrepiece of an epic auction of Magnificent and Noble Jewels which saw nearly 650 lots selling for a combined total of CHF 74,751,375 ($78,229,556) (est. CHF 46,982,000- 69,900,500 / $49,168,072- 73,152,970).