Hollywood icon Dita Von Teese is the first celebrity visitor of the new Regent Porto Montenegro Hotel and Residences, which opened on August 1st. The ‘Queen of Burlesque’ attended the auction of her portrait by Milena Zevu, a famous multimedia artist from Belgrade. Organised by exclusive event agency The Duke, New York, the ‘Royal Cocktail’ auction was held in The Library Bar of Regent Porto Montenegro on August 2nd.
The portrait, made from over 13,000 Swarovski crystals was sold on auction with a third of proceeds directly donated to Foundation Petrovic – Njegos, a charity in Montenegro which helps to promote and preserve the country’s identity, culture and tradition.
During the auction, guests were invited to meet the star, who was delighted to be amongst one of the first guests of the new hotel. “I am thrilled to be here, and that the auction has generated funds and awareness for this worthy cause. It is my first visit to Montenegro and I’m really looking forward to exploring the Boka Bay over the next few days”, explained Dita Von Teese.
Milena’s piece is one-of-a-kind and homage to Tamara Lempicki, an art deco artist from the 1930s who produced ‘Tamara in Green Bugatti’. “After I met Dita in Paris, I was taken by her one-of-a-kind personality, style and self-confidence and wanted to portray this in her portrait. Dita is a unique person in an age when many people strive to be someone else,” stated artist. “It is a great pleasure to be a part of such an event in the new Regent Porto Montenegro which represents an exciting time for the hospitality industry in Montenegro and across the region.”
Milena ZeVu is an internationally acclaimed artist from Belgrade, Serbia. She creates unique art pieces using crystals, a technique which she has been developing for many years. She collaborated with various celebrities on different projects with the aim to create something different to today’s trends. Her portait ’Princess Grace Kelly’ is a part of the art collection of the Grimaldi Family in Monte Carlo. Her works have achieved notable prices at different charity auctions around the world.
Hotel Regent Porto Montenegro has welcomed the first guests and the Grand Opening Ceremony is scheduled for August 27.