December 8, 2011
The Gems of Elizabeth Taylor at Auction
Posted by Erin Wylie
The late, great actress and humanitarian Elizabeth Taylor was almost as well known for her lavish jewelry as for her movie roles. Now you can get close to her collection of baubles, props, and costumes from her estate, on view at Rockefeller Center now through December 12th (tickets are $30; click here for more info).
If you want to do more than fog up those glass cases—and you happen to be incredibly loaded—you can participate in Christie’s New York's auction. On December 13, Christie's will present 80 of Taylor’s most iconic jewels in a special evening sale, followed by 189 additional jewels in 2-day sale sessions on December 14.
Okay. Is this a realistic gift list? Not at all. But Taylor's jewelry box is so extraordinary that I had to share.
1 A Set of Cognac Diamond Earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels,
Gift from Richard Burton. Estimate: $100,000‐150,000
2 A Suite of Diamond and Multi‐Gem Monkey Jewelry by Massoni. From the collection of the Baron and Baroness di Portanova. Gift from Michael Jackson
Purchased from Christie’s, New York, October 2000.
3 A Charm Bracelet, with 20 assorted charms.
4 “The Mike Todd Diamond Tiara” An Antique Diamond Tiara, circa 1880. Gift from Mike Todd, 1957.
5 “The Night of the Iguana Brooch” A Diamond and Multi‐Gem Brooch by Jean Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co., circa 1964 Gift from Richard Burton upon the occasion of the premiere of the film Night of the Iguana August 11, 1964 Estimate: $200,000-$300,000
6 A Coral, Amethyst And Diamond "Lamartine" Bracelet, By Van Cleef & Arpels.
7 The Mike Todd Diamond Ear Pendants, Gift from Mike Todd, 1957. Estimate: $25,000-$35,000
8 A Diamond, Multi-Gem and Enamel Dragonfly Brooch. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000
9 A pair of Emerald, Ruby, and Diamond Ear Pendants. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000
10 An Antique Natural Pearl and Diamond Necklace. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000
11 A Diamond and Gold Cuff Bracelet by Cartier. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000
12 A Gold Pendant by Cartier.
Designed as an 18k gold commemorative Broadway ticket for "The Little Foxes," reverse inscribed "Love Spencer",
Pendant and chain signed Cartier; chain no. 163953. Estimate: $500-$700
More gifts right this way!
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