Monday, September 12, 2011

The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor at Christie's Update

Christie's released photos of some of the historic gems to be offered in their sale of Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry collection. This looks like an event not to be missed during the holidays in New York City!!

The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor
Public Exhibition: The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor
December 3 – 12, 2011
The Legendary Jewels, Evening Sale
December 13, 2011
Jewelry (Sessions II & III) 
December 14, 2011
The Icon and her Haute Couture, Evening Sale
December 14, 2011
Fashion and Accessories (Sessions II, III & IV)
December 15, 2011
Fine and Decorative Art & Film Memorabilia, including costumes
December 16, 2011
Impressionist & Modern Art
February 2012, Christie’s London

Tickets will be needed for the viewing of the collection at the following locations:

London            10 pounds at Christies's London              Sept. 24,25,26 2011      
Los Angeles    $20 at the MOCA Pacific Design Center  Oct. 13,14,15,16 2011
New York      $30 at Christie's New York                      Dec. 3-12 2011  

Ticket Availability will be announced on in advance of the exhibits 

Tickets are NOT required to view the exhibit in Moscow, Dubai, Geneva, Paris and Hong Kong as they are timed to coinside with pre-sale jewelery exhibitions in each of those locations.  

Sale catalogues will be available on christie's website for purchase HERE  

The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, of 33.19 carats D Color, Potentially Internally Flawless Gift from Richard Burton, May 16, 1968 Estimate: $2,500,000-3,500,000

The "Granny Suite" by Van Cleef and Arpels
Gift from Richard Burton, 1971 on birth of her first grandchild
Necklace estimate $120,000-$180,000
Ear Pendant estimate $25,000-$35,000
Ruby and Diamond Ring, 8.24 carats
By Van Cleef and Arpels
Gift of Richard Burton, Christmas,1968
Estimate $1,000,000 to $1,500,000

BVLGARI Sapphire Sautior
Gift from Richard Burton, 1972
Estimate $600,000 - $800,000

The BVLGARI Emerald Suite A Suite of Emerald and Diamond Jewelry, By BVLGARI Gifts from Richard Burton, 1962-1967 Necklace estimate: $1,000,000 – 1,500,000 Pendant estimate: $500,000 – 700,000 Ring estimate: $600,000 -800,000 Bracelet estimate: $300,000 – 500,000 Earrings estimate: $150,000-200,000
Ron Galella/WireImage

Bulgari Diamond-and-Emerald Necklace, 1962

Taken at a premiere in Paris in 1968 

The Taj Mahal Diamond
Circa 1627-8
Gold and Ruby Chain by Cartier
Gift from Richard Burton for Elizabeth Taylor's 40th birthday, 1972
Estimate $300,000 - $500,000
Ping Pong Diamond Rings
Gift of Richard Burton for winning a game of ping-pong, circa 1970
Estimate $5,000-$7,000
JAR Sapphire Ear Clips
Purchased in Paris, December 2001
Estimate $100,000 - $150,000 

From the Cartier Ruby Suite Ruby and Diamond Bracelet
Gift from Mike Todd, August 1957
Estimate Bracelet Only $150,000 - $200,000

Earrings from Cartier Ruby Suite 
Gift from Mike Todd, August 1957
Estimate $80,000 - $120,000
The Mike Todd Diamond Tiara An Antique Diamond Tiara, circa 1880 
Gift from Mike Todd, 1957 Estimate: $60,000-80,000

New York –  Christie’s is proud to announce details of the first in a four-day series of landmark sales devoted to the iconic collection of Elizabeth Taylor, the celebrated film star, fashion icon, and humanitarian.  On December 13, 2011, Christie’s New York will present 80 of Ms. 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 dazzling array of jewels includes Elizabeth Taylor’s most iconic diamonds, gemstones, historic jewels, and one-of-a-kind creations, as well as a treasure trove of personal mementos and beloved gifts.  The total selection of 269 magnificent jewels from this storied collection is estimated to achieve well in excess of $30 million.

In keeping with Elizabeth Taylor’s life-long devotion to humanitarian causes, Christie’s is pleased to announce that a portion of the monies generated by exhibition admissions, events and select publications related to the sales will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation(ETAF). Founded in l991, ETAF provides funding to AIDS service organizations throughout the world to assist those living with HIV and AIDS.
Exhibition Tour Schedule:
  • Moscow
    GUM, Red Square 3
    15 September 11am-6pm
    16 September 11am-6pm
  • London * 
    Christie's, 8 King Street, St. James’s
    24 September 9:30am-5:30pm
    25 September 9:30am-5:30pm
    26 September 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Los Angeles * 
    MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
    13 October 12pm-6pm
    14 October 12pm-8pm
    15 October 10am-8pm
    16 October 10am-5pm
  • Dubai
    Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road
    23 October 2pm-10pm
  • Geneva
    Four Seasons Hotel, 33 quai des Bergues
    11 November 10am-5pm
    12 November 10am-5pm
  • Paris
    Christie's, 9 avenue Matignon
    16 November 2pm-10pm
    17 November 9am-2pm
  • Hong Kong
    Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Wanchai
    24-27 November
    Viewing times to be announced
  • New York *
    Christie's, 20 Rockefeller Plaza
    3-12 December
    Viewing times to be announced

* ticket required, prices listed above in post

This post is just a few of the highlights from the collection. It is amazing to me all these wonderful pieces of jewelry owned by Ms. Taylor. I just thought what kind of insurance she must have had on all these gorgeous pieces...unthinkable!!  I think viewing this collection will be the highlight of my holiday trip to New York City!

Today's Words of Wisdom:  "I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can't possess radiance, you can only admire it." - Elizabeth Taylor 

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Anonymous said...

That BVLGARI Sapphire Sautior is to die for. Wish I could have one!

nycstylelittlecannoli said...

thanx for the comment...shocked we didn't get more on these gorgeous gems.... Liz was quite lucky to own such pieces!

Woody McBreairty said...

Got up early to buy ticket from Christie's New York for this exhibit in West Hollywood on Oct. 13, 2011. Lucked out- was #6 in the online line! Used to see Elizabeth around town in her wheel chair at restaurants - she added great deal of energy to this place called Hollywood - it will never be the same without her.

nycstylelittlecannoli said...

You will have to let us know how it is Woody! That is great you were able to see her in person, she was really beautiful. That old hollywood glamour is going for sure with her now gone. Welcome to the blog...glad to have you!! :)

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