Sotheby's Geneva to auction jewels from the collection of international screen legend Gina Lollobrigida
April 9, 2013: Sotheby’s Geneva has announced that it will offer 23 outstanding jewels from the collection of legendary actress, artist and philanthropist Gina Lollobrigida in its Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels Sale on May 14, 2013. The auction will feature important Bulgari jewels from the 1950s and 1960s, worn by Ms Lollobrigida at landmark moments in her career and which were highlights of the international touring exhibition, Bulgari – 125 Years of Italian Magnificence in 2009-2012.
Highlights include a pair of natural pearl and diamond pendant earrings made in 1964 (est. $600,000 - 1,000,000), a 19.03 carat diamond ring, circa 1962 (est. $400,000 - 800,000) and a 1954 diamond necklace/bracelet combination (est. $300,000 - 500,000).
Key pieces from the collection will travel to Hong Kong, London, New York and Rome before returning for exhibition in Geneva in advance of the sale. Commenting on the sale, Ms Lollobrigida said, “I have been lucky enough to be given many roles in life – as an actor, a mother, a photojournalist, an Ambassador for FAO, and as an artist. I began collecting jewels from Bulgari in the 1950s and 1960s, drawn by the wonderful craftsmanship and distinctive style of these pieces. They accompanied me on many journeys – both professional and personal - and are redolent of those times and the extraordinary people I met along the way. These days I am focusing my time on my career as a sculptor. After more than 65 years I have come full circle, returning to the skills I first learned at the Fine Arts Academy in Rome. A sculptor has little need for jewels, and so, I have decided the time is right to share them with other collectors.”
A part of the proceeds will benefit stem cell research, a cause close to the Italian actress’ heart.