Over CHF 50’000 raised by Ukrainian jewellers for the Ukrainian rehabilitation centre at Sotheby’s Important Jewels charity auction
On November 10, at the Important Jewels Sotheby’s auction ten jewellery pieces were up for bidding to raise funds for the Superhumans rehabilitation centre in Ukraine. The total sales reached CHF 53' 424.
The charitable auction was organised by the Strong and Precious project, curated by Olga Oleksenko and Natalia Kietiene in collaboration with Sotheby's Geneva jewellery specialist and director Marie-Cécile Cisamolo. Viewings took place on November 4-8 at the Sothbey’s Mandarin Oriental hotel.
Six out of ten jewels were created by Ukrainian jewellers, who generously donated them for the auction. Four more jewellery pieces were also donated by four famous jewellery galleries in Geneva that decided to join the charity initiative: Margherita Burgener, Paul Fisher Jewelry, Thomas Faerber SA and Golay, Fils & Stahl.
Ukrainian jewellery brands that were up for bidding included our own Ukrainian Hope Kaleidoscope, which sold for over estimate!
Olga Oleksenko, curator of the Strong & Precious project, jewellery expert and collector: “Jewellery that is created during the periods of historical changes in any country always has a special meaning. During World War II, Cartier designed its iconic brooch - a bird trapped in a cage, and after the war - another brooch known as a «liberated bird». Today these jewels are part of history. In parallel, I believe that the Ukrainian jewellery sold at the Sotheby's charity auction will also become part of our history. In fact, it already did”.
Natalia Kietiene, curator of the Strong & Precious project, expert in marketing communications for jewellery brands: “Ukrainian jewellery brands at the Sotheby’s charity auction make the jewellery industry of Ukraine as a whole visible to the world. And the fact that this became possible in such a diffcult time shows how much potential there is in the creative industry of the country. I am very grateful to everyone who made this project happen."
It is worth mentioning that according to the standard procedure the auction house usually charges a buyer's premium rate payable on the hammer price. Sotheby's generously transfers the whole raised sum including the buyer’s premium rate to the Superhumans rehabilitation centre: CHF 53‘ 424 is the total sum.
The Strong & Precious is a Ukrainian project that aims to present Ukrainian jewellery brands at the international scene.
Sotheby's is one of the world's largest auction houses and brokers of art, collectibles, jewelry, and real estate.
Superhumans Center is a specialised prosthetics and rehabilitation clinic that will be open on the basis of one of the hospitals of the Lviv region. The first lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska is among the board members. This clinic will specialise in prosthetics and rehabilitation of patients, primarily people who suffered as a result of the military actions of the Russian