08 Jul Elizabeth Taylor Collection Tour
Auctioneer Christie’s has announced the official dates for a series of public exhibitions and special events leading up to the sale of the collection of screen legend Elizabeth Taylor.
Christie’s said it will staging a three-month tour featuring highlights from her expansive collection that starts in September 2011 and includes stops in Moscow, London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, and Hong Kong.
Among the collection of items to be sold are the diamonds that Taylor famously received during her life. Taylor’s jewellery collection is estimated to be worth around $145 million, and includes a ruby and diamond Cartier necklace, the La Peregrina Pearl redesigned by Cartier, a heart-shaped Taj Mahal diamond, and the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond given to her by ex-husband Richard Burton. Her love of diamonds was so deep that even the perfume she launched was called ‘Diamonds’.
The tour will end in New York in early December with a special 10-day, museum-quality exhibition of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery, fashion, accessories, decorative arts and memorabilia, followed by four consecutive days of auctions. Christie’s New York will devote its entire Rockefeller Center gallery space to the public exhibition and sales for the event to take place December 3-16. It is expected to draw several thousand visitors each day, the auctioneer said.
Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie’s Americas, noted: “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.”
In keeping with Elizabeth Taylor’s life-long devotion to humanitarian causes, Christie’s said some of the money generated by exhibition admissions, events and publications related to the sales will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).