ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S POSSESSIONS TO BE AUCTIONED



FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S prized collection of jewelry, art, designer clothing and other memorabilia will go on an international three month tour before it is sold in New York in December, CHRISTIE’S auction house announced Wednesday.

The tour will begin in September and includes stops in Moscow, London, Dubai, Geneva, Paris and Los Angeles.

It will end in New York, where CHRISTIE’S plans a museum quality exhibition of the late actor’s collection that will fill its entire gallery space DECEMBER 3 – 10.

The auction will be held DECEMBER 13 – 16.

Ms. Taylor, who was infamously married eight times to seven husbands and remembered for her roles in A PLACE IN THE SUN, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, CLEOPATRA and WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, was also known for her passion for opulent diamonds.

She passed away in March at age 79.

She published a book in 2003 entitled ELIZABETH TAYLOR: MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH JEWELRY. Her collection has included some of the world’s most expensive stones.

A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition admissions and publications related to the sales will be donated to THE ELIZABETH TAYLOR AIDS FOUNDATION.

The screen icon’s impressionist and modern art collection will be sold in February at CHRISTIE’S in London and will include a group of works she inherited from her father, art dealer FRANCIS TAYLOR, CHRISTIE’S said.

The auction house said details of the sales, exhibitions and tour dates would be announced in the fall. But it stated that Ms. Taylor’s magnificent jewelry by some of the world’s top design houses will range from white diamonds to elaborate custom designed jewels. They will be sold in three sessions DECEMBER 13 and 14.

Some of the biggest names in fashion, including VALENTINO, GIANNI VERSACE and GIANFRANCO FERRE, designed the star’s haute couture and ready to wear fashion.

Classic ELIZABETH TAYLOR looks will be offered in an evening sale on DECEMBER 14, followed by three sessions of fashion, handbags, shoes, accessories and fine luggage the following day.

Film memorabilia from Ms. Taylor’s Bel Air home, furniture and 20th century decorative arts will be offered on DECEMBER 16.

CHRISTIE’S first announced it was selling the actor’s collection in April after an agreement with her family. At the time, it didn’t release any details.

Ms. Taylor won three ACADEMY AWARDS, including a special OSCAR for her advocacy for AIDS research and other humanitarian causes.

She also won an OSCAR for her performance in VIRGINIA WOOLF, in which she played an alcoholic shrew in an emotionally sadomasochistic marriage opposite RICHARD BURTON, whom she married twice in real life.

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