The Mikimoto crown of Aurora Pijuan, which she won from Miss International 1970, is set to be part of an online auction.
The crown is joining the 12th edition of Leon Exchange, under “The Collector’s Vault,” organized by Leon Gallery that specializes in historically important and museum-quality Philippine art.
“The Collector’s Vault” has 728 lots wherein the Mikimoto crown is assigned to 396 with a starting bid of Php 60,000. The description of the item is that it weighs 125.6 grams and made of 14k gold.
Preview of the crown has started until July 19 at the gallery. It will be auctioned the next day.
On the catalog of the event which can be seen online, it said that Aurora’s mini pearl crown celebrates “love, peace and beauty,” which is the pageant’s motto.
“Handcrafted by Tokyo based jewelry company Mikimoto. The mini tiara was entitled to Pijuan when she won the 1970 Miss International pageant — making her the second Filipina to hold the title after Gemma Cruz — along with the iconic newly designed pearl-encrusted gold crown also created by Mikimoto,” part of it read, adding that Aurora is the first Filipina to compete for Miss International under the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated.
“Aurora Pijuan is a native of Bacolod. She graduated from Saint Scholastica’s College in 1967. After her reign, she became a sought-after ramp model by the country’s top couturiers, particularly Pitoy Moreno, Ben Farrales and Aureo Alonzo. Currently, Pijuan is an active member of the Gawad Kalinga movement in the rural areas of the Philippines.”
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Aurora revealed proceeds from sale of the crown will benefit the 22 Pinoy fishermen whose boat sank after colliding with a Chinese vessel last month.
“I’m going to give the proceeds to them in the hopes that this gift to me, really, a gift to our nation when I won the title in 1970, will have real value and significance today,” she said, adding that the crown she owns is a smaller version of the actual Miss International 1970 crown that has real jewels.