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Elizabeth Taylor belongings to go under the hammer

 

Elizabeth Taylor's jewellery, art and clothes will be exhibited around the world before being sold in New York, Christie's announced on Wednesday.
 
The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation will receive proceeds from the exhibit.
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The tour will begin in September and include stops in Moscow, London, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles, winding up in New York where a "museum-quality exhibition" will fill its entire gallery space at the start of December. The auction will be held in the middle of the month, just in time for Christmas.

Taylor, who died aged 79 in March, was estimated to be worth around $1bn at the time of her death; her jewellery collection was valued at $150m in 2002. The most prized bit of bling in Taylor's box was the La Peregrina pearl, whose previous owners include Queen Mary I of England. Taylor was given the pearl by Richard Burton on Valentine's Day during their first marriage.

In her book, Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry, the actor recalled how the pearl once went missing during a stay at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, only to be discovered in the mouth of one of her puppies, who was chewing it in lieu of a bone.

Christie's Marc Porter said: "The global tour and exhibition of her collection at Christie's will be a window into the world of a true icon, a rare woman who was at once an international film and fashion star, loving mother, successful businesswoman, and generous humanitarian.

"This collection of her many cherished possessions will bring us closer to the essence of Elizabeth Taylor's unique spirit, and promises to inspire admiration, delight and, at times, sheer wonder in all who come to see it."

The Guardian

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