Legend of a movie actress, Gina Lollobrigida, is selling her 1950s and 1960s Bulgari jewelry worth an estimated two to three million dollars. Though Gina says some of the proceeds will be going to help stem cell research, the truth is, the actress desperately needs the money after spending what little of her fortune was left on recent medical procedures. Lollobrigida is just one in a long line of actors suffering from the wrath of father time’s great curveball.
The incredible collection includes a stunning set of pearl and diamond earrings and a huge 19.3-carat diamond ring, both pieces valued at between $600,000 and one million dollars.
The jewels were on display at an exhibition entitled “Bulgari: 125 years of Italian magnificence” at the Grand Palais in Paris in late 2010 until Lollobrigida yanked them to put the collection on the block.
“All of the jewels to be sold by the actress have been estimated at between two and three million dollars,” a Sotheby’s spokeswoman told AFP.
Lollobrigida, who dubbs herself a sculpture said, “a sculptor doesn’t need jewelry , Sotheby’s released in a statement saying that the auction was “a wonderful opportunity for collectors to acquire seminal Bulgari pieces, imbued with Gina Lollobrigida’s magical provenance”.