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More Details of Elizabeth Taylor's Jewelry Auction Revealed

09/08/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

Elizabeth Taylor Jewlery
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Her jewelry collection was almost as dazzling as she was. And now, Christie’s is set to auction off some of the most iconic diamonds, gemstones, historic jewels and one-of-a-kind creations that were owned by Elizabeth Taylor.

On Dec. 13 and 14 in New York, the auction house will put a total of 269 jewels up for bid, estimated to be worth more than $30 million. They include gifts from her many husbands, including Mike Todd and Richard Burton — in particular, the 33.19-carat Asscher-cut Krupp Diamond, later known as the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, which was the first jewel that Burton bought for Taylor.

Other Burton gifts for sale include the famous 16th-century La Peregrina pearl and 17th-century Taj Mahal diamond pendant.

The jewelry auction is part of a larger sale of some of the most prized possessions of the Hollywood legend, who died in March at age 79. Other items to be auctioned include fashions, accessories, decorative arts and memorabilia, the U.K.’s Telegraph reports. A portion of the proceeds will reportedly go to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

The museum-quality collection, including the jewelry, will be exhibited on a three-month international tour beginning this month, ahead of the auction in December.

–Tim Nudd


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Nicky Hilton: ‘I’m an Accessories Addict’ | Life Style on

[...] was younger. “My mom has an amazing collection,” says Hilton, who was also inspired by Elizabeth Taylor and “that whole era” when creating her [...]

JJ on

All of the collection should go to a museum.

Nicky Hilton: ‘I’m an Accessories Addict’ « Heptanews * Entertainment * Politics * Opinions * U.S. * Technology * Health * Leisure * World * Sports on

[...] when she was younger. “My mom has an amazing collection,” says Hilton, who was also inspired by Elizabeth Taylor and “that whole era” when creating her [...]

sadpanda on

How deeply loved she must have been to have been showered with such gifts….she was a lovely woman who lived an incredible life….

John G on

I am a man who loves women but I never found
her to be “dazzling” as this article suggests.
She was average looking and if you saw her on the
street you probably would agree.
With make up many in Hollywood look better than
they are.
Dazzling or not, what kind of human was she?
That is what really counts?

John Vacek on

To the writers who use all caps and/or bold type. Please don’t yell. We can hear you.

Tennessee on

A cousin & I were discussing a relative who passed. He asked me the insightful question? “How many U-Hauls do you see hooked up to hearsts?” Thinking about it, not many even in Tennessee where we probably have the highest number of churches/ per capita.

Nicky Hilton: ‘I’m an Accessories Addict’ | on

[...] was younger. “My mom has an amazing collection,” says Hilton, who was also inspired by Elizabeth Taylor and “that whole era” when creating her [...]

camia on

she is the most beautiful person i have ever met in my life. had the greatest privilege to take care of her as a nurse in the hospital,,,,,the sweetest voice and the most tantalizing eyes. she is greatly missed.

CHicy Chicewetembem on

I know you need spent lote of your energy on this report.In any case, I truly appreciate looking at your posts.

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