Elizabeth Taylor mesmerized the world with her eternal beauty, elegance and her lavish lifestyle. Her jewelry collection was one of the best parts of her luxurious way of living as not everyone has that remarkable collection of such expensive jewelries. The jewelry is now up for auction for Elizabeth Taylor’s fans at Christie's on December 13-14 this year in New York.
Around 269 items that include several diamonds, rubies, emeralds, pearls, tiaras, rings, necklaces will be put on display for sale. The auction is estimated to fetch around $30 million. Although, each piece of the collection is a classic in itself but the two most striking pieces are a 33.19-carat diamond ring and a 16th century pear-shaped pearl that she got from one of her seven husbands, Richard Burton, who said "I introduced Liz to beer, and she introduced me to Bvlgari."
Liz died in 2011 at the age of 79. In her autobiography, which she had written in 2002, she had mentioned her love for jewelry in detail. “Never, never thought of my jewelry as trophies. I'm here to take care of them and to love them. When I die and they go off to auction I hope whoever buys them gives them a really good home”, She said in her autobiography.
Elizabeth married seven times, twice to Richard Burton who was also her co-star in many of her hit movies. She was very fond of jewelry collection and some of her favorite brands included BVLGARI, Boucheron, Cartier, JAR.
Most of her collectibles (jewels) were gifted to her by her seven husbands. But the jewelries gifted by Richard Burton stood out the best and most elegant pieces among her beautiful collection. Below are some of her chic and refined jewelry pieces from the collection that will be up for grabs at the Christie's auction in December.
1. Elizabeth’s La Peregrina:
Estimated price: $2,000,000 to $3,000,000
This majestic La Peregrina piece of necklace was a gift from Richard Burton. The necklace is made of 16th century diamond, pearl and rubies and is from Cartier.
2. White diamond ring:
Estimated price: $2.5 million to $3.5 million.
This ring was again gifted to her by her beloved husband Richard Burton who had bought this amazing piece from an auction in 1968. Although, the details of the ring are not available but the diamond in it weighs 33.19-carat and the ring was purchased at $300,000.
3. Ruby necklace:
Estimated price: $200,000 to $300,000.
This was gifted to her by her third husband Mike Todd who died in a plane crash. This ruby necklace was a surprise gift for Liz while she was sitting beside pool. She found a red leather Cartier box which had a beautiful ruby necklace, matching earrings and a stunning brace late.
4. Diamond Tiara:
Estimated price: $60,000 to $80,000
Another gift from Liz's third husband, Mike Todd, was this stunning and dazzling tiara. The tiara was worn by the queen of hearts during 1957 Oscars award function that charmed millions of her fans across the globe. In that ceremony, Todd won best director award for the movie Around the World in 80 Days.
5. Taj Mahal diamond pendant:
Estimated price: $300,000 to $500,000
This one has an interesting story. This piece of necklace was bought and gifted to Liz by her husband Richard Burton. It belonged to the Indian Emperor Jahangir. The heart-shaped diamond in the necklace has been scribbled with the name of emperor’s wife Nur Jahan. The necklace was later passed on to his son Shah Jahan who built Taj Mahal in the loving memory of his wife Mumtaz. After buying this necklace, Burton said, "I would have liked to buy her the Taj Mahal but it would cost too much to transport."