Christie’s recently announced a landmark series of events, exhibitions and auctions devoted to the extraordinary life of Elizabeth Taylor. The global 3 month tour kicks off Thursday, September 15th and will reflect the iconic fashion and film star’s legacy through her magnificent collection of diamonds and historic jewels.
“Elizabeth Taylor’s passion for jewelry was well-known, but it is her depth of knowledge about fine jewelry that truly impresses,” François Curiel, international jewelry director and president of Christie’s Asia, said. “She collected the best pieces from the best periods, and as a result her collection boasts exquisite examples from the most celebrated jewelry designers.”
On Thursday, December 13th, Christie’s New York will host an evening auction at Rockefeller Center where select highlights will feature 80 of Taylor’s most jaw-dropping diamonds, gemstones and one-of-a-kind pieces followed by 189 additional jewels in two Day Sale sessions. Known as “the greatest private collection of jewelry ever assembled in one place”, the total selection of 269 pieces is estimated to realize more than $30 million.
The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond
33.19 carats D Color, potentially internally flawless, this asscher cut diamond was worn by Taylor daily and was the first jewelry gift from husband Richard Burton purchased on May 16th 1968. Stone is formerly known as ‘the Krupp’. Estimate: $2,500,000 – $3,500,000
La Pérégrina – The Legendary Pearl
Diamond Ruby and Pearl necklace features an early 16th century 203-grain pearl, once part of the crown jewels of Spain. Personally designed by Taylor, the piece was a gift from Richard Burton, January 23, 1969. Estimate: $2,000,000 – $3,000,000
The Mike Todd Diamond Tiara
An Antique Diamond Tiara, circa 1880 Gift from Mike Todd, 1957 Estimate: $60,000-$80,000.
The Taj Mahal Diamond
Once belonged to Emperor Shah Jahangi circa 1627 – 1628. The large, flat, heart shaped diamond set within a ruby and gold chain was a gift to Taylor for her 40th birthday from husband Richard Burton. Estimate: $300,000 – $500,000.
The tour begins Thursday in Moscow followed by public exhibitions in London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, and Hong Kong. As a tribute to Elizabeth Taylor’s life-long humanitarian causes, a portion of the proceeds generated by exhibition admissions, events and select publications related to the sales will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.