Sotheby’s Geneva brought in a record $5.1 million thanks to a collection of jewels once owned by 1950s screen siren Gina Lollobrigida.
A pair of natural pearl and diamond earrings, which were part of the Golden Globe winning actress’ collection, set an auction record of $2.5 million, according to Women’s Wear Daily. Lollobrigida wore the earrings throughout many important points in her career. The pieces are said to have belonged to the historic collection of the House of Habsburg, one of the most important royal houses of Europe.
The earrings were just one highlight of the 650 lots featuring many important pieces from Bulgari created during the ‘50s and ‘60s. The collection of vintage baubles Lollobrigida put up auction to fetched a total of $80.2 million to raise awareness of stem cell research!
"Jewels are meant to give pleasure and for many years I had enormous pleasure wearing mine,” she said. “Selling my jewels to help raise awareness of stem cell therapy, which can cure so many illnesses, seems to me a wonderful use to which to put them.”