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Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry and Fashion Exhibit

  • by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 5:58 pm
  • October 17, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor

Equally dazzling in her on and off-screen life, actress, activist and entrepreneur Elizabeth Taylor earned the adoration and fascination of millions – so it makes sense to pay tribute to the violet-eyed beauty with an exhibition, auction and philanthropy project fitting her super-star status.

Taylor-Burton Ring

Comprised of Ms. Taylor’s iconic jewelry and fashion collection, “The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor” will premiere briefly (Oct. 13-16th) as an exhibition at Los Angeles’ Pacific Design Center (with the help of LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art), will move on to tour internationally, with stops in Dubai, Geneva, Paris and Hong Kong and then will end in New York (Dec. 13-16th) where the collection will be auctioned off with a portion of the profits benefiting the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation – a charity that she started in 1991.

Taylor's tiara from husband Mike Todd

Naturally, the biggest draw (and highest ticket price) will come from her mythical collection of jewelry. The actress owned hundreds of rubies, sapphires, pearls, and emeralds and 269 of the precious stones will be up for auction, including the famous Taylor-Burton Ring, a 33.19 carat white diamond treasure estimated at $2.5-3.5 million, and the emerald and diamond necklace, pendant, ring, and bracelet he gave her on the set of “Cleopatra.” The gems alone are expected to fetch an impressive $30 million.

Elizabeth Taylor's Bulgari emerald necklace

“It is the single most important and magnificent jewelry collection that’s ever come up for sale at auction,” said jewelry expert Rahul Kadakia. “It has jewels that go back to the 16th century to present day, and every one of these pieces was meticulously collected because Ms. Taylor had such a great eye for jewelry.”

Elizabeth Taylor's Valentino dress

Elizabeth Taylor's black gown

Equally impressive was Ms. Taylor’s eye for fashion. Her gowns and iconic film memorabilia is expected to raise $20 million.

“This collection is unlike anything we have offered before. It is a window on Elizabeth Taylor’s life,” Christie’s America Chairman Marc Porter told reporters on Monday ahead of the four-day Los Angeles public exhibit.

The auction “was a decision Elizabeth Taylor herself made a few years ago,” Porter said. “She wanted someone new to enjoy them.”

Philanthropic even in memory. RIP Elizabeth Taylor.

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