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    Sale 12181

    Magnificent Jewels & the Cullinan Dream

    9 June 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 131

    A GOLD COIN NECKLACE, BY BULGARI

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    A GOLD COIN NECKLACE, BY BULGARI
    Centering upon a bezel-set 1791 US One Cent coin, within a circular-cut diamond frame, to the gold link chain, the reverse of the pendant inscribed 'One Cent 1791', 15 1/2 ins., mounted in 18k gold
    Signed Bulgari, Italy


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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF A LADY


    Post Lot Text

    Originally purchased at Bulgari in 1977 by the Pulitzer Prize winning American humorist Art Buchwald as a 20th anniversary present for his wife Ann, this necklace is an unusual version of the iconic ‘Monete’ jewels produced by Bulgari. While the majority of ‘Monete’ jewels featured ancient Roman coins, more unusual examples featuring non-ancient coins from various countries were produced on a much smaller scale. This necklace, set with a 1791 Washington cent, is a rare example created during some of Bulgari's most fruitful years and is a marriage of American history and Italian style.