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Bulgari to host ”125 Years of Italian Magnificence” exhibition in Shanghai

Elisabeth Taylor wearing Bulgari

The Bulgari Retrospective, a significant exhibition both for the Italian culture, art and heritage of jewelry-making, will be open to the Chinese public again from February 17th to April 17th, 2012, at the Aurora Museum in Shanghai. Presented at the National Museum of China in Beijing last September and October, this exhibition has attracted tremendous audiences to visit and appreciate the institutional journey of 125 years of magnificence of Bulgari heritage. This great success provided a comprehensive survey of European jewelry design viewed through the creations of Bulgari, one of the world’s leading jewelers. In February, the show will feature for the first time in Mainland China, an exclusive exhibition of Bulgari jewels from the personal collection of Elizabeth Taylor.

Entitled “125 Years of Italian Magnificence,” the exhibition will bring together nearly 600 exquisite masterpieces, including jewelry, watches, clocks and decorative objects, created from the opening of the first Bulgari store on Via Sistina, Rome, in 1884, through to the present day. This fascinating retrospective will illustrate the origin and ongoing success of a distinctive style of jewelry, and celebrate the extraordinary inventiveness and high level of craftsmanship that characterizes all Bulgari creations.

Hosted this time by the prestigious Aurora Museum in Shanghai, the Bulgari Retrospective will feature an added bonus for visitors. On display for the first time in China will be the private Bulgari collection of Elizabeth Taylor jewels, which was purchased at the Christie’s auction in December 2011. The Elizabeth Taylor Hall will feature numerous iconic pieces, including a breathtaking 23.44-carat octagonal step-cut emerald diamond brooch. This stunning brooch, also worn as the middle pendant of an emerald and diamond necklace, was an engagement gift to Taylor from Richard Burton in 1962, and was the only piece of jewelry that the movie queen wore when she married Burton on March 15, 1964.

The fabulous Elizabeth Taylor Hall collection will include Bulgari creations that the star wore in many of her movies and at Oscar awards ceremonies. Her lifelong passion for Bulgari is recalled in two of Richard Burton’s famous comments about his glamorous wife: “I taught Elizabeth about beer, while she taught me about Bulgari,” and “The only Italian Elizabeth understands is Bulgari.”

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