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Actress Lollobrigida’s Gems Fetch $5 Million in Geneva

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Gina Lollobrigida views a Geneva exhibition of her jewels, many of which she wore at landmark occasions in her career. The collection was auctioned by Sotheby's to fund an international hospital for stem cell treatment.

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Gina Lollobrigida views a Geneva exhibition of her jewels, many of which she wore at landmark occasions in her career. The collection was auctioned by Sotheby's to fund an international hospital for stem cell treatment. Close

Gina Lollobrigida views a Geneva exhibition of her jewels, many of which she wore at landmark occasions in her... Read More

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An oversized, stainless steel split seconds chronograph wristwatch by Rolex, manufactured in 1942. The watch was sold in a Geneva auction by Christie's International in May 2013 for a price of $1.16 million, a record for any Rolex wristwatch at auction. Close

An oversized, stainless steel split seconds chronograph wristwatch by Rolex, manufactured in 1942. The watch was sold... Read More

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A flawless diamond before it is cut into a 101.73 carat shape. The gem was sold in Geneva and the buyer can name the stone. Close

A flawless diamond before it is cut into a 101.73 carat shape. The gem was sold in Geneva and the buyer can name the stone.

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A flawless D color diamond being cut into a pear-shaped 101.73 carat shape. It is the largest colorless diamond of this optimum grade to appear at auction. Close

A flawless D color diamond being cut into a pear-shaped 101.73 carat shape. It is the largest colorless diamond of... Read More

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Actress Gina Lollobrigida is shown in this vintage portrait wearing her natural pearl and diamond pendant earrings, which jewelers said were previously in the House of Habsburg collection. The earrings were sold in a May 2013 charity auction. Close

Actress Gina Lollobrigida is shown in this vintage portrait wearing her natural pearl and diamond pendant earrings,... Read More

Source: Christie's Images Ltd. 2013 via Bloomberg

"Winston Legacy" is a pear-shaped colorless diamond weighing 101.73 carats. The D-color flawless stone, the largest of its type ever offered for public sale, was included in a Christie's International jewelry auction at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 15. Its final price was later confirmed at 25.9 million Swiss francs ($26.7 million). Close

"Winston Legacy" is a pear-shaped colorless diamond weighing 101.73 carats. The D-color flawless stone, the largest... Read More

The jewelry collection owned by Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida sold last night for nearly $5 million, double its estimate.

The Sotheby’s (BID) sale is part of a series in the Swiss city that has already seen Christie’s International (CHRS) set a record auction price for a Rolex wristwatch. Later today, Christie’s has a potentially internally flawless 26 carat diamond, as well as the largest flawless D color diamond ever to be offered on sale at 101.73 carats, estimated at $20 million.

“Jewels are meant to give pleasure and for many years I had enormous pleasure wearing mine,” Lollobrigida, 85, told reporters after the sale. “This will create a legacy to live on after me.” She wants the proceeds to go to a new Italian hospital that will develop stem-cell treatments.

Sotheby’s (BID) yesterday sold a diamond ring designed by Suzanne Belperron for 269,000 Swiss francs ($282,000) in a jewel sale, including the actress’s collection, which raised $78 million and set a record for a fancy yellow diamond, at $2.9 million.

Lollobrigida arrived in Geneva last week in a Pagani sports car with her friend, the carmaker Horacio Pagani, to showcase last night’s sale of her items, which raised 4.7 million Swiss francs.

Her natural pearl and diamond pendant earrings, which jewelers said were previously in the House of Habsburg collection, raised 2.3 million Swiss francs. This was an auction record for a pair of natural pearl ear pendants, beating the figure set by Elizabeth Taylor’s earrings in 2011.

Earlier, a 1942 split-second Rolex chronograph, described by Christie’s (CHRS) as the “most exclusive” model ever made by the Swiss brand, sold for $1.16 million, including the buyer’s premium, the auction house said. Christie’s sold 94 percent of the lots in the watch auction following a Sotheby’s sale on May 11 in which 24 percent of the timepieces went unsold.

Muse highlights include Farah Nayeri on film.

To contact the reporters on this story: Thomas Mulier in Geneva at tmulier@bloomberg.net; Mark Beech in London at mbeech@bloomberg.net or http://twitter.com/home/Mark_Beech.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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