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Gold and malachite 'David di Donatello' trophy, Bulgari, 1956
A gold David statuette in the form of Donatello's fifteenth century sculpture, resting upon a carved malachite block with a plaque inscribed, 'the David di Donatello award given in 1955-56 to Gina Lollobrigida for her role as best actress in the film Beautiful but Dangerous' [trans]., signed Bulgari, case by Bulgari, base measuring approximately 80 x 75mm, height 27mm.
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Literature

Cf: Amanda Triossi, Bulgari: 125 Years of Italian Magnificence, Grand Palais, pages 284-289, and 379 for illustrations and details on this trophy, created by Bulgari.

Catalogue Note

Equivalent to The Oscars, the David di Donatello award is presented each year for cinematic performances and production by l'Accademia del Cinema Italiano. First presented in 1955, the trophy was produced by Bulgari from 1956 to 1960. A first edition trophy, this award was presented to Gina Lollobrigida for her best actress role in the film Beautiful but Dangerous. Other notable persons having received the award include Federico Fellini, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marilyn Monroe for best foreign actress.

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