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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Stefano Canturi Barbie

Stefano Canturi Barbie

Stefano Canturi Barbie - Diamond Barbie, A renowned jeweler created a one-of-a-kind Barbie that flaunts a necklace encrusted with white diamonds and a one-carat pink diamond.

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 (New York) – Designed by international fine jewelry designer, STEFANO CANTURI, and wearing a black strapless party dress, pink peep-toe stilettos, and a stunning diamond necklace featuring a one-carat Fancy Vivid pink diamond, the World's Most Expensive Barbie® went on the auction block at Christie's New York on October 20, fetching a new world auction record price of $302,500 for a Barbie® doll. Designed head-to-toe by fine jewelry designer Stefano Canturi, this one-of-a-kind Barbie® sold within Christie’s blockbuster Jewels: The New York Sale. with 100% of profits being donated by Stefano Canturi to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Bidders in the room and on the phone competed for 'BarbieTM by Stefano Canturi' (pictured at left), who wears a CANTURI JEWELS collar necklace set with carrĂ©- and baguette-cut diamonds in the designer’s signature geometric ‘Cubism’ pattern. Three carats of white diamonds comprise
the dazzling necklace, which is centered on a one-carat emerald cut Fancy Vivid purplishpink
diamond (pictured at right), a registered tendered stone from the Australian Argyle
mine. The successful buyer was an Asian private collector.

Australian designer, Stefano Canturi spent four weeks designing the doll's frame, hair style,
makeup, dress, shoes, nail polish, and of course, her exquisite jewels, creating the world's most
expensive Barbie®. Due to a successful partnership with Christie's and The Breast Cancer Research
Foundation®, Canturi rewardingly achieved his goal of making certain the auction of this iconic doll
resulted in a meaningful contribution to the many women who inspire him and for whom he
designs. The pink color of the diamond reflects the pink ribbon and its strength is a tribute to the
strength of all women fighting breast cancer.

Christie's has achieved exceptional prices for rare and unique Barbie® dolls offered from private
collections. In September 2006, Christie's South Kensington set the previous world auction record
of $17,091 for the most expensive Barbie® doll sold at auction. The doll, created in 1965 and
known as Barbie in "Midnight Red" was from the largest known private collection of Barbie® dolls,
nearly all of which were sold by Christie's in a single landmark sale.

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