DUBAI: Auction house Sotheby’s this week sold the late Egyptian film star Hind Rostom’s jewelry as part of its Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels Part II auction.
Offered by the actress’ family for the first time, all eight pieces in the sale were sold at prices above their high pre-sale estimates.
Leading the group was an emerald and diamond bracelet of geometric design, which more than doubled its estimate to make $57,627. A Chatila diamond necklace was also sold for $30,186 — more than triple its pre-sale estimate.
Hailed as the “first lady of Egyptian cinema,” Rostom was one of the most popular movie stars during the Golden Age of Arab cinema, starring in over 80 films.
Rostom was known for her passion for collecting jewelry, sourcing pieces from around the world through her favorite boutique in Cairo, as well as designing a number of signature pieces.
She was also a regular attendee at auctions, seeking out her favorite gemstones — diamonds and rubies — in the midst of eclectic antiques.