An antique ‘Satlada’ necklace embedded with 1,888 pearls, once a possession of Arab world’s most famous singer, Umm Kulthoum got sold for $1,385,000 at a Christie’s auction in this rich Gulf emirate. This nine-strand necklace was purchased by an unnamed buyer from the Middle East and has fetched almost 10-times the pre-estimated sales price of $1, 20,000. The necklace is a part of the valuables collected by the Egyptian-born singer.
The descendants of Arab’s diva had put this necklace for sale. This necklace was flaunted by Umm Kulthoum at number of her stage performances. The pearl necklace with its multihued enamel and white stone minutiae was designed in 19th century India. It was a gift to the Umm by diva by Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late president of the United Arab Emirates in 1975 when she was 70.