Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Diamond-Clad Canturi Barbie Sold At Auction 26/10/10

Canturi is one of our favourite fine jewellery designers, here at the MO Down. We have commented time and time again on the rise of brand-collaboration. We are happy to see this name involved in such a unique style of partnership. Mattel are an empire of mass-production, but they certainly own their share of luxury. Limited edition Barbies are hardly dime-a-dozen. Barbie is one of the world’s most beloved celebrities. So famous, she lives in the league of Madonna, sans last name. Italian designer Stefano Canturi custom-designed a Barbie doll, including a specially designed necklace featuring a one-carat Fancy Vivid pink diamond and three carats of white diamonds (shoes to match, of course).

The Canturi-designed doll was finally sold at a Christies auction, after the completion of her world tour. According to a press release from the auction house, ‘The World’s Most Expensive Barbie’ was sold at auction for an incredible $302, 500– all of which went to charity. Whether her destiny lies as world’s tiniest trophy wife, or some very extravagant plaything, we think she looks a million dollars. It is certainly a further sign of the times and economic recovery. We wonder what Ken would get if he was bejewelled? The other day, Bulgari set a Christie’s record with the sale of its blue diamond… the coloured diamonds are getting a serious workout this week.

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Melinda O’Rourke is the founder and Director of MO Luxury, a dynamic, Sydney-based management firm specialising in luxury brands and services. Melinda and her associates at MO work with local and international brands across prestige retail, fashion, fine jewellery, timepieces and specialised services. Melinda is well-connected, well-read, and well-versed in the demands of the luxury market and its client base. Her advice is firmly based in objectivity and ultimately, accountability. Melinda offers constructive counsel and both strategic and creative thinking and is able to draw upon a strong network of specialised talent to compliment the MO Luxury team as needed. Melinda enjoys excellent industry relationships and is regularly quoted in the business and fashion media. Read more about MO Luxury, www.moluxury.com.au