Christie's has proudly announced details of the first in a four-day series of landmark sales devoted to the iconic collection of Elizabeth Taylor, the celebrated film star, fashion icon, and humanitarian.
On December 13, Christie's New York will present 80 of Ms. Taylor's most iconic jewels in a special Evening Sale, followed by 189 additional jewels in two Day Sale sessions on December 14.
Widely celebrated as one of the greatest private collections ever assembled, this dazzling array of jewels includes Elizabeth Taylor's most iconic diamonds, gemstones, historic jewels, and one-of-a-kind creations, as well as a treasure trove of personal mementos and beloved gifts.
The total selection of 269 magnificent jewels from this storied collection is estimated to achieve well in excess of $30 million.
"From her most jaw-dropping diamonds, gems, and one-of-a-kind historic jewels, to cherished 'It's Tuesday, I love you gifts', and never-before-seen keepsakes, Elizabeth Taylor's magnificent collection of jewels promises to captivate the auction world," said Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie's Americas.
"This is without a doubt the greatest private collection of jewellery ever assembled in one place, and Christie's is honoured to have been entrusted with the global tour of the collection this fall, and the sale of the collection in its entirety this December."
Elizabeth Taylor always planned to offer her collection of jewellery at auction.
"Elizabeth Taylor's passion for jewellery was well-known, but it is her depth of knowledge about fine jewelry that truly impresses," added François Curiel, International Jewelry Director and President of Christie's Asia.
"From the first time I met her in 1998, it was clear that she possessed an expert's eye for craftsmanship, rarity, quality and history."
Collectors will be able to see that for themselves when Taylor's collection auctions on December 14. Taylor's collectibles are ever-popular on the collectors' market - even her hair.
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