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46145: A Rudolph Valentino Possibly Owned Elaborate 14K

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A Rudolph Valentino Possibly Owned Elaborate 14K Gold Ring, 1921. The band in the form of two serpents beneath a female pharaoh, a large piece of amethyst-colored glass in center, two ruby-colored pieces of glass on either side, four tiny single cut authentic diamonds in the snakes' eyes; inside engraved "Rudolph Valentino from George Ullman 1921 14K" [Ullman being the star's manager], size 14; included with a very old black leather box lined in teal blue velvet. (Please note part of the box's lid is missing.)

The current owner bought this ring (and the box it comes in) back in 1954 at an antique store in Austin, Texas where the proprietor told him it came from "Valentino's Estate sale." Sadly, there's no definitive proof that this was indeed Valentino's ring, however, the engraving does seem to be 1920s era and Ullman really was the star's manager. Interestingly, Valentino's second wife, Natacha Rambova, was a devout Egyptologist so perhaps she influenced the choice of this ring?  Please bid accordingly knowing this information.

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Estimate $4,800 – $7,200
Starting Bid $3,000

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