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“Secret Collection of the de’ Medici Royal Family” Will Go To Auction in Los Angeles for First Time

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 maggio 2018

Saturday, May 26 at 10 AM online and at the Hilton Universal City in Universal City, CA. For centuries, the powerful de’ Medici family dominated Italy’s political, religious and cultural landscape, ushering in the Renaissance, serving as patrons of artists and scientists like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo, and producing four popes. GWS Auctions offers a rare and exciting opportunity to own a piece of their legacy through “The Secret Collection of the de’ Medici Royal Family.” Highlights will include exclusive properties, like the Machiavelli home, and one-of-a-kind art, jewelry and precious collectibles—many never before publicly displayed and on the market for the first time. The collection speaks of the fascinating lives of this influential family. The auction items come from the modern descendants of the Calabrian branch of the dynasty, today headed by Prince Lorenzo de’ Medici along with his mother Krystyna and sister Princess Caterina.
“On every level, this is an unparalleled sale,” says GWS Auctions owner Brigitte Kruse. “We have the matchless real estate, exceptional personal possessions and artifacts of one of the world’s most iconic families.” The auction has Pop Art inspired works by Lorenzo—a Prince of Italy.
For impressive history, it’s hard to beat Machiavelli’s Florence villa, a landmarked property located next door to the Ferragamo mansion, which comes with Renaissance art and frescoes that can never be removed from the restored 16th century palazzo. In addition to the extraordinary artifacts, Princess Caterina is offering the winning bidder her design expertise to help a new owner balance modern amenities while preserving the past in the 640 square meter (close to 7,000 square foot) home overlooking the city.Another unique piece of real estate is the family’s “summer castle” in Calabria, the birthplace of Versace, a picturesque compound with luxurious gardens and a massive pool. The entry to the nine-bedroom, 1097 square meters (approximately 11,800 square foot) is a 15th century pharmacy.The auction will offer a 54,880 square meter (13.5+ acres) of oceanfront property at the southernmost tip of Italy that, by virtue of the family’s standing, remains the only buildable lot in the region. Additionally, the sale includes 11 two-bedroom, furnished apartments in a resort condo near the sea and a de’ Medici home in Rome.The de’ Medici treasures in the auction include an Antiphonarium Cisterciense, a hymnal in the family since the 18th century; a portrait of Cesare Borgia attributed to Raphael; Jacobus Buys’ 1769 “Bacchanal” and James Millar’s 1804 “Blind Belisarius,” both oils on canvas; a collection of engraved portraits of de’ Medici aristocrats by Adriano Haluech circa 1700s; a 1650s family crest painting on linen that stretches over nine feet; and a pre-1815 kingdom map of Italy with the de’ Medici crest.Among the royal jewels for sale are stunning GIA certified diamond, emerald and sapphire rings, necklaces and earrings set in solid platinum and gold, many custom designed for the de’ Medicis. Buyers can also bid on two Bruno Caputo watches made especially for the Prince.Vehicles in the sale include a 1999 Jaguar with a paint job by graffiti artist Risk, a super cool Polaris Slingshot three-wheeled motorcycle prototype with Lorenzo’s signature; a sporty yellow 1995 Alfa Romeo Roadster Zagato convertible, one of fewer than 300 produced; and a fully restored turquoise 1956 Lincoln Premier two-door hardtop coupe.

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