The recent merger of Finarte and Minerva Auctions brings together two of the top auction houses in Italy, creating a full repertoire of sales this season. Here are highlights of their upcoming auctions: photography in Milan on December 4 and jewelry in Rome, and photography on November 20.

Finarte - Photography, December 4 (Milan)

The undisputed top lot of the photography auction is the 12 C-print of 1974 by Natalia LL, a pioneer of feminist art in Poland. The artist's practice was greatly influenced by the second wave of feminism in Europe and the United States at the turn of the '60s and' 70s. In her works, she fuses her artistry with depictions of everyday life, capturing banal actions like eating, sleeping and talking, a reflection on the role of women in a patriarchal society. These 12 self-portrait photographs mounted in mosaic are part of the Consumer Art series (1972-75) that criticizes the objectification of the female body in pornography.

Another famed work is by Nan Goldin, an American artist who focuses on LGBT photographs and recently exhibited at the Triennale di Milano. Her 1976 photograph David by the pool at the Back Room, Provincetown is estimated at $4,000.

Also present in the catalog are many Italian photographs. There is a large selection of photographs by Mario Giacomelli (1925-2000) and Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992), leading artists of the late 20th century who gravitated around Milan. Among the most beautiful shots is a view of the Villa Reale in the Indro Montanelli Park of Porta Venezia, Milan. The work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Archives of Luigi Ghirri and has an estimate of $2500-3200. Another legend of Italian photography at auction is Gabriele Basilico whose work often focused on architecture and urban landscapes. Images by famed international photographs are also on offer, including Slim Aarons, Helmut Newton, Nobuyoski Araki and Anton Corbijn.

Minerva Auctions - Jewelry, Watches and Silverware, November 20, Rome

The upcoming jewelry, watches and silver auction in Milan comprises almost 500 lots. This elegant necklace in 18k white gold boasts natural chrysoprase and two-strand diamonds, estimated at $4000. Another beautiful piece is this demi parure with floral accents in 18k white gold, ballast and diamonds, estimated at $6800-13600.

This platinum and diamond brooch is full of details (upper part with taped bow, central motif with arrows and birds, lower festoon with double heart on oscillating pin, drop-shaped terminal and milligrano decoration) and estimated at $5700-11400.

The watch section offers timepieces from the major brands, including Cartier, Rolex and Patek Philippe in a wide range of prices. The top lot of the category is a Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour in 18k white gold, one of the most iconic models of the French house that has an estimate of $28,500-40,000. Another classic design is the Jaeger LeCoultre Master Control with $3400-6800.

This sculpture entitled "Rape of Proserpina" depicts the Greek mythological scene of Pluto abducting Prosperina. The object was made in Sardinia and was modeled from a piece of red coral, a precious material that brings the estimate between $5700-11400.

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