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Golden Achievement

Part of the Gold exhibition.

Honoring Our Cultural Icons

From ancient times to the present day, gold has represented success. Kings, conquerors and captains of industry claimed it as a prize and bestowed it as a precious gift. Today gold is our symbolic reward for cultural achievements. In film and theater, in the music industry, in sports and athletics or for outstanding bravery, gold signals the ultimate reward. To claim the gold is to be, simply, the best.

The Envelope, Please

The competition for awards kindles excitement in audiences and contenders alike. The Oscar®, Emmy® and European awards, all cast their honorees in a golden glow.

The David di Donatello Award is modeled after the Renaissance statue of David by Donatello. The gold statue, presented by the Academy of Italian Cinema, weighs approximately 1,900 grams.

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David di Donatello Award Gina Lollabrigida Best Actress, 1955 Bulgari 18-karat gold and malachiteRome, Italy; 1955 The David di Donatello Award is modeled after the Renaissance statue of David by Donatello. The gold statue, presented by the Academy of Italian Cinema, weighs approximataely 1,900 grams.
Gina Lollobrigida private collection
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David di Donatello Award Marilyn Monroe, 1958 Best Actress in a Foreign Film 18-karat gold Rome, Italy; 1958
Bulgari Vintage collection
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Emmy® Award Tom Brokaw News and Documentary, 2004 NBC's "The Death and Funeral of Ronald Wilson Reagan" Tom Brokaw
© AMNH / Craig Chesek

And the Winner Is

The music recording industry recognizes excellence through Gold® records and Grammys. The first Gold® record was awarded to Perry Como in 1958 for his single, "Catch a Falling Star." The first Gold® album followed shortly and was awarded to the cast of the musical Oklahoma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exact replica of a lunar module Cartier Yellow and white gold, lacquer, enamel
© Cartier CollectionPhoto: Nick Welsh

The Thrill of Victory

Whether racing to the finish line or hurtling through space, extraordinary achievements are recognized with extraordinary trophies.

Three individual 18-karat gold models of the American lunar module were made in 1969 by the jeweler Cartier of Paris on behalf of the French newspaper Le Figaro and presented to the three Apollo 11 astronauts during their postflight tour in Paris. This model was presented to astronaut Michael Collins.