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Mouna Ayoub : Parcours d'une Collectionneuse

Mouna Ayoub : Parcours d'une Collectionneuse


Large softcover devoted to this collection, in very good condition.  


From wikipedia:

Mouna Ayoub
منى أيوب
Mouna Ayoub

27 February 1957(age 66)
Nationality Lebanese nationalityand French
(m. 1979; div. 1996)

Mouna Ayoub (Arabic: منى أيوب) (born 27 February 1957 in Kuwait)[2] is a French socialite and businesswoman of Lebanese origin. Frequently in the media, she is often a guest of the Cannes film festival and makes headlines in French gossip magazines.[3][unreliable source?]


She was born into a Maronite Christian family. At the age of 20 she converted to Islam to marry Nasser Al-Rashid, a 40-year-old businessman and adviser to King Fahd. She has five children with Nasser Al-Rashid.[4]After eighteen years of marriage, and according to her divorce agreements, she left Saudi Arabia and built a fortune by investing in real estate and stocks.[5] She wrote about her marriage in her 2000 book La Vérité: autobiographie.[6][7][8]

Ayoub stated she wrote the book to explain her situation, and to address allegations published by a Lebanese magazine that she was a modern-day Madame Bovary.[8] As Scott MacLeod of Time wrote: "But if her tale provides a rare look at the extravagance often wrought by unimagined wealth, it also serves as a disturbing manifesto against the extreme restrictions imposed on women by some ultraconservative Arab societies."[8] Her former husband filed suit in an attempt to stop publication of the autobiography.[5] The book became a best seller in France.[8]

In 1997, she bought a boat from Bernard Tapie, the Phocéa (the largest sailing yacht in the world before 2004), for €5.56 million to which was added €18.25 million worth of work.[9][10] To pay for the work she sold a number of her jewels including "The Mouna diamond", one of the largest yellow diamonds of the world (112.53 carats (22.506 g)) for a price of €2.52 million (16.5 million francs) a Bulgari necklace for 15.3 million francs, and a collection of jewels by Tabbah.[11][10][12] After getting rid of the yacht, she sold the contents in a well publicized auction.[9]

The Associated Press estimated her net worth at over $300 million.[5][7] In 2006, The New York Times offered a figure of about $500 million.[13]

She has the largest private collection of haute couture in the world, encompassing more than 10,000 items.[3][7]She never wears the same item of couture twice, and all of the major couture houses maintain an Ayoub mannequin for a proper fit in her absence.[7][14] The Associated Press claimed: "She's also a couture philanthropist. She has just do world will this week disclose how a disastrous marriage to a Saudi Royal family adviser drove her to depression and attempted suicide."[5]


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