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DSB at 1987 jewel auction at Sotheby’s

website aAs we know Dame Shirley Bassey loves jewelry. Here is a short clip of Shirley and Beau Mills at an auction in Geneva at Sotheby’s where the jewels of the Duchess of Windsor were being auctioned. Also some articles from Dutch magazines about Shirley’s jewelry being stolen in London from her hotel room and in Paris from her dressing room. Shirley loves living in Monte Carlo because it is the only place in the world where you can walk the streets safely, night and day, wearing  jewelry, she says.

GENEVA, APRIL 2 — The jeweled mementos of one of the great love affairs of the century — between the late duke and duchess of Windsor — were auctioned here tonight for an unexpected $33 million, much of which will be used by Paris’ Institute Pasteur to fund research into AIDS.

In the auction conducted by Sotheby’s in a massive white tent erected on the promenade on the banks of Lake Geneva, bidding was furious at times for 97 of the “uncrowned” jewels given to the duchess by the duke, who in 1936, as King Edward VIII of England, gave up his throne to marry the twice-divorced American.

About 1,000 bidders and 300 media representatives crowded the tent for the two-day auction’s black-tie first evening. Fur coats seemed to be everywhere. Streets were lined with Rolls-Royces, Ferraris and other luxury cars that had brought the crowd of potential buyers. These included the ex-wife of the King of Jordan’s brother, members of the Italian royal family and singer Shirley Bassey.

Buyers ranged from Tsuneo Takagi, a Tokyo gem dealer, who paid a staggering $3.153 million for the duchess’ famed 31.26-carat diamond ring, to actress Elizabeth Taylor, who by poolside telephone from Los Angeles successfully bid $566,000 for a 1935 diamond clip designed by the then-prince of Wales for his future bride, then Wallis Warfield Simpson.

For an interesting article from People CLICK HERE

For an article from the New York Times CLICK HERE

For an article from The Washington Post CLICK HERE

 

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Why Shirley Bassey wears fake jewelery:

Shirley Bassey is able to laugh about it now when she tells “Story” about her jewels being stolen from her London suite.

But on the day she found her own jewels in the window of a Soho-London jewellers she almost died from shock. “After a performance at the London Palladium I came back to my hotel room and there was a terrible mess. Every inch of the room had been searched over and over. I cried like a child I must confess. But I really got scared when I tried to call the police and noticed that the telephone wires had been cut. It felt like somebody was getting at my throat. I ran downstairs, crying and the receptionist called Scotland Yard immediately. But after their requires they only say what I already knew: all my jewellery was gone. I only had two more rings and a bracelet, everything else was gone. All and all worth approximately 30,000 pound.

After two days my husband Sergio and I flew back home to Switzerland and I already made peace with the fact that I lost it all, forever.

But when we came back later to London we walked pass this little jewellery shop in Soho, I looked in the window and yelled out to Sergio: “Look my jewels”! At fist he didn’t believe me but it really was all there. Unbelievable. Shaking with nerves we went inside and I asked if they could show me the jewels and yes, a few bracelets had my initials. Well that solved the case. The police came and questioned the jeweller and he confessed that he bought the jewels from a chamber maid from the hotel. She had the key to the room and had all the time in the world to search the place. Well it taught me never to take too much jewels with me on a trip and the jewels I wear on stage are not worth more then ten pound.”…

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While Shirley Bassey was performing at the Champs Elysee theatre in Paris and the audience was enjoying her performance, thieves took her jewels and travellers cheques.  The estimated value: 300.000 pound!.

Get The Party Started

In September 2006 Dame Shirley Bassey was the star of the Marks & Spencer Christmas TV commercial. The commercial was a huge hit with viewers and resulted in very successful sales for Marks & Spencer.

Get The Party StartedFor the commercial, Shirley sang a reworked version of Pink’s ‘Get The Party Started’ which proved so popular that she went on to record it a few months later as the title track of her stunning new album.

Shirley opened with Get The Party Started at her appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in June 2007 accompanied by Catherine Feeney and Nikki Lamborn of Never The Bride, who produced the album and were undoubtedly responsible for the party’s success. The album went straight into the top ten and gave Shirley her highest charting album since the 1970s.

Here are some newspaper clips of the making of a great commercial.

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Dame Shirley Bassey & Never The Bride

DSB on the 2014 Royal Variety Performance

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Today Dame Shirley Bassey’s last performance on the Royal Variety Performance which was in 2014. It was the ninth Royal Variety Performance of her career. The voice very powerful and of course looking fabulous as always. Songs: I’m Still Here and The Lady Is A Tramp (plus joining in with other performers on Fly Me To The Moon).
This concludes all the Royal Variety Performances Dame Shirley was on and the only one missing unfortunately in the one from 1965.
Below a short snippet of the 1965 Royal Variety Performance (without sound) at the end where the queen greats the performers.

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For an article from Mirror TV CLICK HERE

 

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DSB at the 2005 Royal Variety Performance

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21st November, 2005
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE

Held in the presence of
HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II
and
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH K.G.,KT.

Presented by: Granada for ITV Productions
Executive Producers: Mark Wells &
Sue Andrew
Producer: James Sunderland
Director: Russell Norman
Musical Director: Mike Dixon
Production Manager: Peter Hall
Choreographer: Gary Lloyd

Comperes: Michael Parkinson CBE & Sharon Osbourne

SEVENTY SIX TROMBONES led by BRADLEY WALSH
THE BLUE MAN GROUP
KATHERINE JENKINS
CATHERINE TATE
CHARLOTTE CHURCH
JOE PASQUALE
GUYS AND DOLLS – THE MUSICAL
THE SKATING WILLERS
IL DIVO
ALAN CARR
WILL YOUNG
FUNNY GIRLS
ANDRE PORTASIO
CLIFF RICHARD
OZZY OSBOURNE
NICOLA BENEDETTI, TOMASZ REICHELT
& THE CAESAR TWINS
DAVE SPIKEY
McFLY
ANDREA BOCELLI & BRYN TERFEL CBE
DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY

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At The Stage Door
Report by Susan, Nov 2005

My friends and I travelled to Cardiff for the Royal Variety Performance, and enjoyed a lovely meal before settling down in our seats for the show. It was a fantastic evening and Dame Shirley’s performance was particularly memorable.

After the show we excitedly made our way to the stage door, where several people had already gathered in the hope of seeing Dame Shirley. It was a very cold evening and we did not expect the diva to linger, however, when she exited through the glass door with her manager Beaudoin Mills she was more than happy to stop, asking if she could lean on my programme to sign autographs.

Dame Shirley was wearing a long black coat and scarf and was very buoyant and chatty throughout. As she bowed her head to sign, someone took a photo. “Why did you take a picture of the top of my head?” she joked.

A young guy invited Shirley to dinner with he and his friend. “Aww, you’re kidding?” she replied, “After that show, can I eat? No!” The guy said he didn’t blame her, adding that he would have had butterflies too. “I couldn’t eat before and I can’t eat after”, said Shirley, “but thanks very much”.

She then signed my programme, “To Susan, Love Dame Shirley Bassey”, and my friends’ one “To John & Carole”, asking whether it was Carole with an ‘e’? “Yes”, Carole said, “not many people put the ‘e’ “. “I know”, joked the Dame, “that’s why I asked!”

I handed my camera to John and asked if he would take a photo of Carole & I with Dame Shirley. “Wait a minute”, said Shirley, “let me get my big bag out of the way”.

She moved her handbag away and then told John to “tell us when”! We stood posing, but there was a problem: John could not get the camera to work. “So much for digital!”, Shirley quipped. We all laughed as John tried frantically to take the photo, then at the fourth attempt he succeeded.

We thanked Shirley and assumed she would then get in her car, but she surprised us by asking, “What about you John? What about you? Yes, a photo with me, come on, even though you took a long time!”

John was sporting an Austrian hat. Carole asked whether he wanted to take it off for the photo, but Shirley piped up, much to John’s delight, “He can keep it on. It’s going to keep his head warm!”.

I quickly snapped the photo. “Oh! Wait a minute!”, said Shirley, “you’re very quick. I didn’t even look! Take it again, before I disappear into the fog” (emphasising the word ‘fog’ in true diva-esque style!).

We thanked the Dame, then as she was about to step into the car she turned round with a theatrical wave of her arm, saying “I’ll be back in Cardiff, dear old Cardiff. Bye bye. Thank you very much”. She blew a kiss and waved until the car was out of sight.

Needless to say, our favourite Dame had left us on a high. She proved, as we have known all along, that she really is a true megastar, both on and off stage.

Thanks to Susan for providing this report.

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