Jewelry collection of celebrated Mexican actress set to sell Sept. 25

DALLAS – Mexican actress Lupita Tovar is considered Hollywood royalty. She appears in the 1931 Spanish-language version of “Dracula.” She is a woman of beauty and charm, she also had exquisite taste in jewelry. Her retro to mid-century jewelry collection includes Van Cleef & Arpels and Tiffany & Co. jewelry. The collection will be offered as part of Heritage Auctions’ Jewelry Signature Auction Sept. 25 in Beverly Hills.

Enjoy this insightful glimpse (including an interview with Ms. Tovar (Kohner) into ‘Dracula’…

Lupita Tovar’s Legacy

Her credits include 1931’s “Santa”, which is Mexico’s first “talkie” (film with sound). Her influence

Retro diamond bypass ring

Retro diamond, synthetic ruby, platinum, rose gold bypass ring ($15,000-$18,000).

led to her likeness appearing on a Mexican postage stamp in 1981. The stamp commemorates the 50th anniversary of the original release of the film.

Tovar’s collection, including items the actress wore to numerous movie premieres and award shows, is highlighted by two Van Cleef & Arpels items: a ruby, diamond, platinum, gold Brooch, with an estimate of $12,000 to $15,000, and a diamond, platinum ring, with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. The ring boasts a marquise-shaped diamond.

Collection Dates Back to 1930s

“Lupita Tovar accumulated this amazing collection over decades beginning in the 1930s. When you see photos of her she is so glamorous and striking because of her natural beauty and her taste in jewelry. Many items are offered in this collection,” said Gina D’Onofrio, Heritage Auctions Director of Fine Jewelry, Beverly Hills. “She had impeccable taste and her collection includes rings, bracelets and brooches that are remarkable.”

Additional pieces of interest include a 3.55-carat European-cut retro diamond synthetic ruby and platinum rose gold ring. The piece’s estimate is $15,000 to $18,000. A 10-carat square-cut sapphire and platinum bracelet is heading into the sale with an estimate of $10,000 to $12,000. A European-cut diamond and platinum ring bears an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000.

Rising From Early Adversity to Film Fame

Sapphire bracelet

10-carat square-cut sapphire and platinum bracelet ($10,000-$12,000).

Born at the dawn of the Mexican Revolution, the actress overcame considerable hardships as a young child. At 17 the opportunity to go to Hollywood came. Tovar’s earliest work at Universal, involving dubbing American films into Spanish, creates a chance meeting with her future husband, legendary agent Paul Kohner. He put her in the role of  “Eva Steward” in the Spanish-language version of “Dracula.” Shooting for the film took place concurrent with the Bela Lugosi version.Tovar’s sensual portrayal of the film’s leading lady continues to appeal to film buffs. The film is the focus of revival regularly.

The success of her first first Spanish-language film, “La Voluntad del Muerto,” drew much attention and the fond nickname “The Sweetheart of Mexico.” Her film credits include 30 films, both American and Mexican, between 1929 and 1945. Her performances ofted set her as the leading lady for male stars like Henry Fonda, Buster Keaton and Buck Jones. Tovar is the subject of a portrait by famed Mexican artist Diego Rivera.

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Diamond, ruby and gold brooch Van Cleef & Arpels

Full-cut diamond, ruby and gold brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels ($12,000-$15,000).