August 19, 2011
A collection of the late actress’ jewellery, art and clothes are to go on display around the world, before eventually being sold at auction in December.
Taylor’s possessions will be exhibited on a tour beginning in September.
This will include stops in Moscow, London, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles, before ending in New York. This is where the items will be displayed at Christies’ gallery space at the start of December.
The auction itself will be held in the middle of December, just in time for Christmas. The proceeds from the auction will go to The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.
Elizabeth Taylor died in March, aged 79, and was estimated to be worth around $1 billion at the time of her death.
Her jewellery collection alone was valued at $150 million in 2002. This includes her most prized possession – La Peregrina pearl, whose previous owners include Queen Mary I of England. This coveted piece was a present to Taylor from Richard Burton on Valentine’s Day during their first marriage.
Marc Porter from Christies says that the tour “will be a window into the world of a true icon”.
He also highlights the roles that Taylor held in society, as an international film star, a fashion icon, a mother, a successful businesswoman, and a generous humanitarian. Porter also states that the exhibition of these items “will bring us closer to the essence of Elizabeth Taylor’s Unique Spirit.”
The event is slated to take place from 3rd – 16th December. Christies is devoting its entire gallery space in the Rockefeller Center to the public exhibition, and expects it to draw several thousand visitors each day.