The legendary jewels of screen siren and Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor are set to go on the auction block with a special series of sales at Christie's.
Celebrated film star, fashion icon and humanitarian Elizabeth Taylor was as well known for her sumptuous jewels as she was for her tumultuous personal life and breathtaking beauty.
According to the Christie's press release, the Taylor collection is, "Widely celebrated as one of the greatest private collections ever assembled, this dazzling array of jewels includes Elizabeth Taylor’s most iconic diamonds, gemstones, historic jewels, and one-of-a-kind creations, as well as a treasure trove of personal mementos and beloved gifts." The first sale is to be held December 13, 2011 with 80 of Ms. Taylor’s most iconic jewels in a special Evening Sale, to be followed by 189 additional jewels in two Day Sale sessions on December 14.
“From her most jaw-dropping diamonds, gems, and one-of-a-kind historic jewels, to cherished ‘It's Tuesday, I love you gifts’, and never-before-seen keepsakes, Elizabeth Taylor's magnificent collection of jewels promises to captivate the auction world this fall. This is without a doubt the greatest private collection of jewelry ever assembled in one place, and Christie's is honored to have been entrusted with the global tour of the collection this fall, and the sale of the collection in its entirety this December,” said Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie's Americas.
“Elizabeth Taylor’s passion for jewelry was well-known, but it is her depth of knowledge about fine jewelry that truly impresses,” added François Curiel, International Jewelry Director and President of Christie's Asia. “From the first time I met her in 1998, it was clear that she possessed an expert’s eye for craftsmanship, rarity, quality and history. She collected the best pieces from the best periods, and as a result her collection boasts exquisite examples from the most celebrated of jewelry designers, including BVLGARI, Boucheron, Cartier, JAR, Schlumberger, Tiffany, and Van Cleef & Arpels, among others.
Elizabeth Taylor always planned to offer her collection of jewelry at auction and I hope that the next owner of each of these iconic pieces will enjoy and respect these jewels just as much as she did, and as she herself said, ‘give them a really good home.’”
The highly anticipated auctions are expected to fetch well over $30 million for the 269 total pieces being offered.