Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, son of the last king of Italy, put hundreds of jewels and belongings up for auction in Switzerland

Duke Victor Manuel and Princess Marina of Savoy arrive at Barajas Airport for the wedding of Crown Prince Felipe and Letizia Ortiz on May 20, 2004 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Álvarez/Getty Images). (Carlos Alvarez/)

The son of the last king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele of Savoyand his wife Marina Doriahave put hundreds of jewelry, furniture, works of art and numerous belongings on sale with an auction in Switzerland that will end next Monday.

The lot “Collection Prince and Princesse de Savoie“It mainly features objects from the daily life of the Geneva mansion of this family that lost the Italian throne with the fall of fascism in World War II. and the proclamation of the Republic in 1946.

The online bidding will last until September 18 on the “Genève enchères” portal, although it can also be followed in the room until the 20th of the same month.

My parents no longer live in Geneva and we decided to get rid of some objects that we no longer believe are useful for our other homes.. Unfortunately you can’t have everything,” he told the newspaper. The Republic the son of the aristocrat, Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy.

King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy
King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy

And he added: “We are sure that we will find buyers who know how to give the right value to these objects.”

The collection, according to the auction house, allows you to delve into the daily life of the last Italian royal family.

Among the objects in the catalogue, around two hundred, There are silver candelabras, tableware of all kinds, some with the crossed shield of this dynasty, lamps, golden sculptures, effigies, antique clocks, designer furniture, paintings and precious stones.

As well as three motorcycles: a Rumi model, a 750 cubic centimeter India Sport Scut from 1941 and an MV Augusta Brutale.

The House of Savoy led the process of Unification of Italy, completed in 1861, and occupied the country’s throne until the fall of fascism after World War II.

Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, in 'The Prince Who Never Reigned'.  (Netflix)
Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, in ‘The Prince Who Never Reigned’. (Netflix)

Precisely Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, 86 years old, is the son of the country’s last monarch, Umberto II, who ruled for just one month in 1946 after the abdication of his father, Vittorio Emanuele III (1900 1946), who had supported the rise of Benito Mussolini to power.

Umberto II, known as “the may king”Due to the time he was on the Italian throne, he died in exile, precisely in Geneva in 1983.

After the war, the Italians opted in the 1946 referendum for the proclamation of the Republic and the male heirs of the Savoy dynasty ended up in exile until the Italian Parliament allowed their return to the country in 2002.

On March 15, 2003, the Saboyas, Vittorio Emanuele and his son Emanuele Filiberto, set foot in Italy again, landing in Naples after 57 years in exile.

The dictators Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler in Rome together with the King of Italy Victor Emmanuel III and Queen Elena during the visit of the German dictator to Italy in 1938
The dictators Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler in Rome together with the King of Italy Victor Emmanuel III and Queen Elena during the visit of the German dictator to Italy in 1938

The Savoys claim their jewels

A treasure made up of 6,732 diamonds and 2,000 pearls mounted on necklaces, earrings, diadems and brooches has been kept in a safe at the Bank of Italy since 1946, when, after a referendum, the kings of the Savoy house were expelled from the country. Now they claim their jewelry. Prince Victor Emmanuel and princesses María Gabriela, María Pia and María Beatriz, heirs of Umberto II of Savoy, began a legal dispute with the State in 2022 to recover the crown jewels after mediation failed.

“Unlike the other assets, these were never confiscated and have remained pending. Therefore they must be returned,” he explained to Efe the lawyer for the heirs of Umberto II, Sergio Orlandi, who sat down with the intermediaries of the Bank of Italy to negotiate the return.

Prince Manuel Filiberto had arrived in Rome, who has the powers of the heirs to begin negotiations and “is very determined to continue with the cause,” added the legal representative.

After the proclamation of the results of the referendum in which Italians elected the republic to the monarchy in 1946, the President of the Government, Alcide De Gasperi, asked the outgoing king Umberto II to hand over the crown jewels so that they could be kept in a safe in the Quirinal Palace, until then the official residence of the royal family.

The request was made because the Crown Jewels, as provided in the Albertine Statute (the Constitution of the Kingdom of Italy), were given as an “endowment” to the kings for the performance of their functions, but not as personal property. Umberto II then handed the jewels to the lawyer Falcone Lucifero, minister of the Royal Family, who in turn took them to the then governor of the Bank of Italy, Luigi Einaudi. Since then, they have been kept in a small black leather case in a safe at the headquarters of the Bank of Italy on Via Nazionale in Rome.

(With information from EFE)