Jewellery from the collection of Egyptian star Hind Rostom 100% sold at Sotheby’s


Pieces from the personal collection of Hind Rostom – Egypt’s answer to Marilyn Monroe – were 100% sold as part of Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels Part II auction which concluded on November 11, 2021. Offered by the actress’s family for the first time, all eight pieces in the sale achieved prices above their pre-sale high estimates.

Leading the group was an emerald and diamond bracelet of geometric design (lot 388) which more than doubled its high estimate to make $57,627, and a Chatila diamond necklace (lot 389) which sold for $30,186 – more than triple its pre-sale estimate.

 Diamond necklace, set with brilliant cut diamonds

Picture courtesy of Sotheby’s

Hailed as the “First Lady of Egyptian Cinema”, Hind Rostom (1929-2011) was one of the most popular movie stars during the Golden Age of Arab cinema, starring in over 80 films. Forever portraying powerful women, she became a bold symbol of feminism and Arab independence. Her career overlapped with that of Marilyn Monroe, and with her trademark blonde curls, sensual costumes and elegant couture, she was often heralded as the Arab World’s answer to the starlet. Having retired at the peak of her career in 1979, and famously turning down large sums to tell her life story, she has remained a glamorous enigma.

Rostom was known for her passion for collecting jewellery, sourcing pieces from around the world through her favourite jewellery boutique in Cairo as well as designing a number of signature pieces. She was also a regular attendee at auctions, seeking out her favourite gemstones – diamonds and rubies – in the midst of eclectic antiques.


Picture courtesy of Sotheby’s