Elizabeth Taylor’s expensive art collection goes under the hammer

Andrea Divirgilio / February 8, 2012

After Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection which went on auction last year, its time the legendary actress’s art collection to go under the hammer. After the jewelry collection smashed all auction record prices, it was the art collection of the famous star which fetched approximately $22 million from a set of 3 paintings, including the Vincent Van Gogh’s The Vue de l’Asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Rémy (pictured below) which sold for $15.91 million, the Portrait of Edgar Degas which bought in $1.13 million, and also the Camille Pissarro scenery which fetched $4.77 million. There were around 35 other works of art, which also went under the hammer at the event by Christie’s. It showed the late actresses various appetites for collecting works of notoriety, and her skill at selecting the best of the lot.

Vincent Van Gogh The Vue de l’Asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Rémy painting

Last year when her jewelry collection went on auction, it was indeed a surprise when each of the items was sold for more than twice their estimates. Hopefully this time, the trend continued as Ms. Taylor’s rich fans splurged on her private collection of art, with certain pieces like the Van Gogh scenery fetching twice the estimate price. Others like the Edgar painting also raked in much above the estimates, which shows the enthusiasm amongst the actress’s fans for collecting things she owned, and admiration of rich tastes in them. This penchant for buying art is primarily traced back to Elisabeth Taylor’s father, Mr. Francis who was an art dealer and someone who bid on her behalf for many of them. He even advised her on which ones to purchase, and over the years the collection swelled up to what it is today.

Camille Pissarro's Pommiers à Éragny painting

However, we are also told that the auction is still not over. On the 8th of this month, few other paintings will be on the auction block for collectors, some of which might not be as heavy on pocket. But when it’s something related to Ms. Taylor, it’s a tough bet to pin point a fixed price range. You could check out some of them in the Debbie Reylonds auction held last year, and also the most iconic celebrity dresses on auction, which featured some from the actresses collection.

Edgar Degas & Buste de Femme paintings

Via: Guardian

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