Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor passed away earlier this year and her exquisite jewels, couture gowns as well as artwork were sold at a Christie’s auction in New York City on Tuesday night, December 13, 2011.
Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry auctioned for $115 million broke a world record for a private collection of jewels and exceeded expectations. The diamond necklace that Richard Burton, one of her seven husbands, gave her as a Valentine's gift was sold for the price of $11,842,500, five times more than expected.
Another highlight of the event is that Taylor’s diamond ring from her two-time husband was purchased for $8.8 million by a South Korean hotel chain. Other Taylor's art, clothing and memorabilia will be auctioned and sold online on the upcoming Saturday, December 17 and the proceeds will go to the legend’s AIDS charity.
Elizabeth Taylor’s 33-carat diamond ring, a gift from her husband Richard Burton that she wore everyday was auctioned for $8,181,500
Taylor’s “La Peregrina” was a gift from her fifth husband Richard Burton. The pearl, ruby and diamond necklace designed by Cartier was auctioned for the highest price for a single item of $11.8 million
La Peregrina – The legendary pearl
Taylor’s heart-shaped Taj Mahal Diamond also received from Richard Burton on her 40th birthday was sold for 8.8 million
Here are pictures of some other jewelry of Elizabeth Taylor displayed at the Christie's auction house:
Bulgari - the Art Deco style sautoir which is set with a 52.72-carat cabochon sapphire was a gift from Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor on her 40th birthday
This Cartier’s ruby and diamond jewelry was a gift from her husband Mike Todd in 1957
Another diamond jewelry that the actress received from her husband Richard Burton
A picture of the 8.24-carat ruby and diamond, a Christmas gift Elizabeth Taylor received from Richard Burton
The serpentine jewel - a gift from Richard Burton
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