Liz Taylor”s treasure sale shatters scores of records as it tops 100million
The auction of Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s personal items has hit a grand total of just over 100.3million, shattering a string of records along the way.
The late Hollywood legend’s jewels, clothes, accessories and artworks went for more than three times their estimate of 32million on the back of frantic bidding from fans in 36 countries.
The week-long sale took place at Christie’s in New York, with some of the more affordable items available online.
Panache: Liz Taylor”s huge collection of jewellery has fetched 100million
Among the records broken were most valuable jewel sale in history and most valuable collection of fashion sold at auction.
Some five items sold for more than $5million (3.2million), and 26 items went for more than $1million (640,000).
All profits from the sale will go to the Elizabeth Taylor Trust, which will donate part of them to her AIDS Foundation. Christie’s said the sale was a recognition of her ‘taste and style’ as well as her ‘panache and glamour’.
Dame Elizabeth’s son Chris Wilding, who is a member of the Trust, said: ‘My mother always acknowledged that she was merely the temporary custodian of the incredible things she owned.
In her prime: Glamorous Taylor with her on-off lover Richard Burton
‘Today, I think she would be happy to know that her collections will continue to enrich the lives of those who have acquired pieces.
‘My family is proud that our mother’s legacy as a celebrated actress, tireless AIDS activist, and accomplished businesswoman touched so many people’s lives that they wanted to have a part of it for themselves.’
In total there were 1,778 lots in the live auction whilst the separate on-line part generated 57,000 bids, Christie’s said.
The final total for all lots was 100,324,209, which the auction house said demonstrated the ‘craftsmanship, rarity, and quality’ of the collection.
The most expensive item was a 14th-century 50-carat pearl, diamond and ruby necklace called ‘La Peregrina’ which went for 7.5million – from an estimate of 1.9million.