Tonight at 7pm, Elizabeth Taylor’s legendary jewelry collection will go on sale at Christie’s Rockefeller Center headquarters. The collection is anticipated to sell for $30 million dollars. Honestly, we would have expected more.
Elizabeth Taylor, perhaps the first tabloid star, was undeniably a real movie star — the kind they don’t make anymore. In contrast to actresses today who walk the red carpet in borrowed finery, Elizabeth Taylor truly owned the jewels she wore.
“This is without a doubt the greatest private collection of jewelry assembled in one place,” said Marc Porter in Forbes Magazine. Porter is the chairman and President of Christie’s Americas division and a dear friend of Elizabeth’s.
Among the items up for auction in The Legendary Jewels sale are the 33.19-carat Elizabeth Taylor Diamond (also known as the Krupp Diamond), the five-carat, natural pearl La Peregrina, and the 8.24-carat Richard Burton Ruby and Diamond Ring. The sale continues tomorrow with Jewelry (II). Marion Fasel, contributing editor of fine jewelry and watches at InStyle, explains the top 10 pieces and their history here.
Now, if you’re like most of us and don’t have a million bucks to drop on these historical gems, Christie’s is also holding an online auction of Elizabeth’s more affordable pieces. Although she was more well-known for her major jewels, she also amassed an enormous collection of film memorabilia, costumes, luggage, and art. Featuring designers like Tiffany, Cartier, Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Stephen Webster, this 621-item auction went live on December 3rd and closes on December 17th. To check out all of the online items and sign up for bidding, see here
How amazing would it be to gift some Elizabeth Taylor gems this holiday? After all, Elizabeth always adored receiving jewelry. As she was famously quoted, “I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.”
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