Thursday, 4 April 2013

UPCOMING AUCTION: The BVLGARI collection of Gina Lollobrigida

Over the past couple of years there has been an unprecedented number of magnificent jewelry collections that have been auctioned. Many of them belonging to Hollywood stars or socialites, from Liz Taylor to Mrs Safra or Mrs Astor. The pieces were displays of great wealth and the portrait of their owner's personal taste. A unique legacy that covers the personal history from family or business to lovers...

 The 1940's and 1950's were decades of opulence as well as Hollywood's golden years, specially in America. Big screen divas reigned and they collected everything the public longed for. Their jewellery collections generally surpassed imagination and it was not uncommon for big stars to prefer to use their own authentic pieces in films than costume ones. The stars and the master jewellers would even compete...

The 2010's will be famous as the years when those collections are being dismantled. The reason being their owners donating the proceeds to Charity or the Estate administrators dividing the late celebrity belongings amongst the heirs. The fact is that since those days, there has not been a trend or fashion to collect jewellery of such quality and quantity.

Sotheby's Geneva will be auctioning the famous Bvlgari collection from Gina Lollobrigida in May 14th this year. The main piece being the diamond necklace and bracelet combination that can also be worn as a head piece.The actress is now in her late 80's and has probably decided that it is time to pass her pieces to another owner as well as a better use for the money that it will generate. Another bit of the story of the end of the golden era.