Lollobrigida's earrings set auction record
AFP · 15 May 2013, 08:39
Published: 15 May 2013 08:39 GMT+02:00
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The lot, the highlight of the auction, went under the hammer for more than twice the pre-sale estimate, and in doing so broke the previous record for pearl earrings set by a pair from the jewel box of fellow screen siren Elizabeth Taylor in 2011.
Lollobrigida, a popular movie star in the 1950s and '60s, was selling off a collection created by Italian jewellers Bulgari, with some of the auction proceeds going to help stem cell research.
Lollobrigida, 85, said she was "very happy that the jewels would help a good cause.
"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," she said in a statement.
Sotheby's said the entire collection sold for a total of just under $5 million.
In March Lollobrigida, star of "The World's Most Beautiful Woman" and "Come September", said she wanted to devote herself to sculpture and "a sculptor doesn't need jewellery".