GENEVA: A pair of pearl earrings belonging to actress Gina lollobrigida sold for an auction record of $2.39 million at Sotheby's Geneva Tuesday as the veteran Italian star auctioned off some dazzling jewellery.The lot, the highlight of the auction , went under the hammer for more than twice the pre-sale estimate, and in doing so broke the previous record for pearl earrings set by a pair from the jewel box of fellow screen siren Elizabeth Taylor in 2011.Lollobrigida, a popular movie star in the 1950s and '60s, was selling off a collection created by Italian jewellers Bulgari, with some of the auction proceeds going to help stem cell research. lollobrigida , 85, said she was "very happy that the jewels would help a good cause."Selling my jewels to help raise awareness of stem cell therapy, which can cure so many illnesses, seems to me a wonderful use to which to put them," she said in a statement.Sotheby's said the entire collection sold for a total of just under $5 million.In March lollobrigida , star of "The World's Most Beautiful Woman" and "Come September", said she wanted to devote herself to sculpture and "a sculptor doesn't need jewellery".–AFP