Monday, September 19, 2011

Holiday Shopping Early

Christie's Auction House is preparing for the sale of Elizabeth Taylor's complete jewellery collection. The auction proceeds will go the Taylor estate with some of the proceeds from the exhibition and publications about the vast array of gems going to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

The star's haute couture and ready-to-wear fashions, accessories, 20th Century decorative arts and memorabilia will also be auctioned. 

The treasured collection of extravagant jewels are estimated to raise $30 Million according to the worldwide auction house. But before the bidding begins in New York on December 13th & 14th, the collection will be on tour to Moscow, London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Paris, Hong Kong and Geneva.

"I never thought of my jewellery as trophies. I'm here to take care of them and to love them. When I die they go off to auction, I hope who ever buys them gives them a real good home."
                                                                                   Elizabeth Taylor from the book My Love Affair with Jewelry.

Elizabeth Taylor wore the lavish jewellery items with an easy elegance. The size of the individual pieces and the extraordinary collection requires a woman with sophistication and presence to wear the gems. Elizabeth Taylor evoked a dazzling beauty and glamourous style that highlighted everything she wore. 

Elizabeth Taylor wears the 33.19 carat diamond ring while she feeds her Daughter Liza.

The sales begins at Christie's in New York on December 13th at 7 PM; and just in case you need to help Santa with the details from your Christmas Wish List....... here are some images to assist with his shopping.

Emerald Ring estimated at $600,000 to $800,000.

The Granny Suite - A gift from Burton to Taylor upon her becoming a GrandMother. Estimated at $120 K to $180 K.

Charm bracelet with 20 charms. Estimated $25,000 to $35,000.

Bvlgari necklace, bracelet and earring set from Richard Burton.

Taj Mahal diamond necklace - circa 1627. Burton said 'I would have like to buy her the Taj Mahal'. It is inscribed 'to my beloved Mahal'.

Mike Todd Tiara - estimated at $60,000 to $80,000

The famous Elizabeth Taylor Diamond Ring.

 A gift from Burton, the diamond ring is 33.19 carats and estimated at $2.5 to $3.5 Million.

The Amethyst & Diamond piece was created by Van Cleef & Arpels. Estimated at $70,000 to $100,000.

Another incredible gift from Burton - by Bvlgari.

Prince of Wales Brooch is estimated at $400,000 to $600,000.

La Peregrina - an early 16th century pearl, ruby & diamond necklace by Cartier. A gift from Richard Burton, currently estimated at $2 to $3 Million. The pear shaped natural pearl was once owned by Queen Mary Tudor of England.

Elizabeth Taylor's fascination with jewellery began as a young girl when she bought a costume brooch as a gift for her Mother.
As the men and loves of her life showered Elizabeth in priceless gems, her maturity of the gift of jewels drew a much deeper meaning. She saw the jewels as an expression of 'God's Workmanship' and said that 'they're all from the ground. We didn't die them. This red is from God'.

With or without the sparkle of her world famous jewellery collection, Elizabeth Taylor was beautiful and elegant.

Elizabeth Taylor without her jewels. Image by Richard Avedon.


  1. I've long been a follower of fine jewelery collections, the very finest in the world belong to Queen Elizabeth 2, and Elizabeth Taylor. Each piece has such beauty, and the history of many of the pieces fascinating. Ahhhh but to have the budget to purchase a piece huh? I love that all the proceeds go to the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation, I had no doubt.

  2. So glad to discover you....She has always been such a stunning beauty and her jewelry reflects that as well. World class pieces.

    I did not know she owned the Peregrina Necklace!!


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    I hope you will come and join my Giveaway from Interieurs! It is from the Jose Esteves Collection!

  3. How gorgeous! Her jewelries are truly timeless. Enjoy the beautiful weekend ahead, Kellie xx