Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Lollobrigida jewels fetch $4.9 million, part for stem cells


Geneva, May 15 - Part of the 4.9 million dollars
from the auction of jewels belonging to Italian diva and 1950s
sex symbol Gina Lollobrigida will be going to stem cell
research, the actress said in a statement Wednesday.
A Sotheby's auction record was set on Tuesday in Geneva for
a pair of diamond and pearl earrings that sold for 2.29 million
francs ($2.37 million), beating the $1.98 million figure set in
2011 by a similar pair of earrings belonging to Elizabeth
In total, the entire Bulgari collection sold by
Lollobrigida brought in 4.9 million dollars.
"I am happy that my jewels can contribute to a good cause,"
Lollobrigida said.
Lollobrigida, 85, started to collect Bulgari jewelry in the
1950s and 1960s, when her acting career took off.
However she now devotes most of her time to sculpture "and
a sculptor does not need jewels", she said when she announced
her intention to sell in March.
In addition the sale would allow her "to support a cause
that is particularly close to my heart: stem cell research".
Iconic sex symbol of the 1950s, Lollobrigida played
opposite the likes of Hollywood stars Humphrey Bogart, Rock
Hudson, Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Frank Sinatra.
She largely left acting in the 1980s to turn her attention
to photojournalism, sculpting and humanitarian work.

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