Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Emerald and Diamond Tiara
The tiara is composed of eleven rare Colombian emerald pear-shaped drops, which are rumored to have belonged to Empress Eugenie. The tiara was commissioned around 1900 by a German prince for wife, Katharina, and was last sold at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva for $12.7 million.
Magnificent and rare emerald and diamond tiara. Formerly in the possession of Princess Katharina Henckel Von Donnersmarck, the tiara sold in Sotheby’s May 2011 Magnificent and Noble Jewels sale for a record-breaking $11,912,064 !
The Lives of Others (2006) - dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Das Leben der Anderen is one of those films that comes around once, maybe twice, a decade. It is a breathtaking example of sheer cinematic perfection. There is no way to tell this story any better. There is no possible room for improvement. It simply is and must be accepted.
Whether or not the story interests you is a different beast, but know full-well that von Donnersmarck has created something wonderful for all of us, something to be studied, pored over, and analyzed. If you haven’t seen this yet, please do yourself a favor and watch it.
The state office for statistics on Hans-Beimler street counts everything; knows everything: how many pairs of shoes I buy a year: 2.3, how many books I read a year: 3.2 and how many students graduate with perfect marks: 6,347. But there’s one statistic that isn’t collected there, perhaps because such numbers cause even paper-pushers pain: and that is the suicide rate. Das Leben der Anderen / The Lives of Others (2006)