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Tales from the Vault: A Peek Inside the World's Greatest Jewellery Boxes From Queen Mary to Gina Lollobrigida

Pair of emerald and diamond earclips, Bulgari, 1964, Photo Credit: Sotheby's.

The Twentieth Annual Studies in Silver Lecture

YPC/RPC/Discovery Circle ROM Member tickets on sale January 2
ROM Members tickets on sale January 7
Public tickets on sale January 13
Sotheby’s 14 May, 2013, Geneva sale of Magnificent and Noble Jewels drew buyers from around the world.  Outstanding pieces from the collection of international screen legend Gina Lollobrigida sold for a combined total of $4,962,122. An exceptional pair of natural pearl and diamond pendant earrings- said to have belonged to the historic collection of the house of Habsburg- which the actress wore on numerous occasions in her career, sold for $2,391,321- an auction record for a pair of natural pearl ear pendants, beating the figure set by Elizabeth Taylor’s earrings in 2011.

Ms Gina Lollobrigida’s collection was the centrepiece of this epic auction which saw nearly 650 lots selling for a combination total of $78,229,556.

Speaker:  Catharine Becket , Vice President, Jewellery Specialist joined Sotheby’s in 2005. She is a GIA certified graduate gemologist and a member of the American Society of Jewellery Historians. She completed her undergraduate degree at Colgate University and received her Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute in London.

4:30 pm:  Registration Check-In

4:30 pm - 5:20 pm:  Viewing of ROM Gem and Gold Gallery 

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm:  Light Refreshments; Peter F. Bronfman Hall

5:45 pm - 7:00 pm: Lecture; Peter F. Bronfman Hall

The Studies in Silver Lecture is an annual scholarly lecture organized by the Department of Museum Volunteers and the European Section of the Department of World Cultures.

The proceeds from the Annual Studies in Silver Lecture benefit the Department of world Cultures (European Section).

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Royal Ontario Museum
ROM Gem & Gold Gallery, Level 2
Bronfman Hall, Level 2

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