Elizabeth Taylor jewels up for auction, $30M expected
Auctions are great. We once put our Garbage Pail Kids on Ebay and scored a cool 9 bucks for the whole set. Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels are expected to do better when they hit the auction block New York on Dec. 13 and 14.
Christie’s estimates the jewels will bring in more than $30 million before select highlights from the 269-piece collection embark on an eight-city tour spanning Moscow, London, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong.
Among the highlights of the dazzling collection are:
- The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond: given to Taylor by husband Richard Burton, the 33 carat piece is expected to sell for $2.5 to $2.5 million.
- The Richard Burton Ruby and Diamond Ring: a 1968 Christmas present.
- The Mike Todd Diamond Tiara: a gift from Mike Todd, a producer and another Taylor husband, the $60,000-$80,000 dollar headpiece was worn by Taylor to the 1957 Academy Awards.
If you’re interested in bidding on the jewels, then let’s be honest — you probably don’t read this website because you are too busy skinning an endangered albino pando atop your pile of money.
Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewels In Photos: The Crown Jewels of Hollywood And Other Golden Eggs
ELIZABETH Taylor’s jewels are on sale. You can bid for them at a show called The Crown Jewels of Hollywood at Christie’s, the auctioneers, on December 13-14. The bangles are big, flashy, real and include a 33.19 carat rock. Princess Margaret, once of the Royal family and thus an expert in the gauche, said it was “vulgar“. Taylor slid it onto the finger of the Queen’s sister and uttered, “It doesn’t look so vulgar now, does it?”
François Curiel, Christie’s international jewellery director, oozes:
“She possessed an expert’s eye for craftsmanship, rarity, quality and history. She collected the best pieces from the best periods.”
He;s the expert. You might say that she was minted, feted and wooed, and among the tons of gems and shiny stuff that came into her possession managed to garner some prize specimens.
Richard Burton gave Taylor and her “apocalyptic” breasts a Bulgari Emerald Suite, a 65-carat Burmese sapphire and massive pearl; Eddie Fisher coughed up a 30.97 carat Bulgari whopper; and Mike Todd offered a Cartier Ruby Suite.
It all indicates why her many marriages failed – once you’ve presented the princess with the golden egg, the goose is a spent force.
And of course, nothing is complete without a little scandalous history of Elizabeth Taylor: -
1960′s BIGGEST SCANDALS : ELIZABETH TAYLOR
3 days after Ms Taylor divorced Michael Wilding who was way too old for her and possible gay, she married movie producer Mike Todd in Acapulco. Todd was 24 years her senior, but Taylor acknowledges that of all her marriages, this was her happiest. The couple had a daughter, Elizabeth “Liza” Todd in August of that year.
Michael Todd was HOT! Also Hot tempered, determined and exciting. What girl wouldn’t fall for such a man as producer Mike Todd.
Tragically he was killed in a plane crash and Mike’s good friend Eddie Fisher consoled the sorrow filled young widow.
On the rebound and still probably full of grief she married Eddie Fisher. His wife Debbie Reynolds was let with two small children and humiliated world wide.
Eddie did Debbie a favor in our book…
As you can tell by this picture Liz just “wasn’t that into him.” Grief does strange things to a person’s emotional system. Hollywood turned their back on La Liz and the world felt sorry for poor Debbie.
In 1963, she became the highest paid movie star up until that time when she accepted $1 million to play the title role in the lavish production of Cleopatra for 20th Century Fox.
It was during the filming of that movie that she worked for the first time with future husband Richard Burton, who played Mark Antony. Movie magazines had a field day when Taylor and Burton began an affair during filming; both stars were married to other people at the time. But Oh my my Liz and Dick!!!
These two did chew up the scenery in Cleopatra but it was worth every penny to watch their love story unfold onscreen. I still love watching that film just to see their scenes. Let’s see… Eddie Fisher?? or Richard Burton?? No choice there!
There were never two hotter starts to grace our movie screens and never will be.