Christie’s details Elizabeth Taylor jewel sale
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NEW YORK, September 8, 2011 – Christie’s has announced details of planned sales of the jewelry of Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor, believed to be the greatest private collection ever assembled and expected to net more than $30 million in total.
On December 13, 2011, Christie’s New York will present 80 of Elizabeth Taylor’s most iconic jewels in a special Evening Sale, followed by 189 additional jewels in two Day Sale sessions on December 14.
Widely celebrated as one of the greatest private collections ever assembled, this array of jewels includes Elizabeth Taylor’s diamonds, gemstones, historic jewels, and one-of-a-kind creations, as well as a treasure trove of personal mementos and gifts.
The total selection of 269 magnificent jewels from this collection is estimated to achieve well in excess of $30 million.
“Elizabeth Taylor’s magnificent collection of jewels promises to captivate the auction world this fall,” said Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie’s Americas.
“This is without a doubt the greatest private collection of jewelry ever assembled in one place.”
François Curiel, International Jewelry Director and President of Christie’s Asia, said, “Elizabeth Taylor’s passion for jewelry was well-known, but it is her depth of knowledge about fine jewelry that truly impresses.”
He added, “From the first time I met her in 1998, it was clear that she possessed an expert’s eye for craftsmanship, rarity, quality and history.
“She collected the best pieces from the best periods, and as a result her collection boasts exquisite examples from the most celebrated of jewelry designers, including BVLGARI, Boucheron, Cartier, JAR, Schlumberger, Tiffany, and Van Cleef & Arpels, among others.”