Christie's takes Liz Taylor
Published: Dec 13, 2011 08:19 PM Updated: Dec 14, 2011 09:39 AM


Taylor's sunflower dress by designer Irene Sharaff (below) Photo: CFP
Taylor's sunflower dress by designer Irene Sharaff (below) Photo: CFP

Wealthy jewelry collectors, movie fans and the just plain curious are training their eyes on this week's auctions of Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor's collection of jewelry, haute couture and memorabilia.

The auctions, which begin tonight with Taylor's world-renowned jewels, "have generated unprecedented presale interest with registrants from all corners of the globe," said Marc Porter, president and chairman of Christie's Americas.

"We're delighted with the worldwide interest in the live auction," Porter said. "And participation in the online-only auctions in each category - jewelry, fashion and memorabilia - continues to increase."

The vast collection of the Hollywood actress, who died in March at age 79, includes some 1,000 lower-priced pieces in a special online auction running December 3-17.

Taylor, one of Hollywood's last great stars, was beloved for her earthiness even as she lived a glamorous life far removed from that of most fans.

As her couture, fine art, decorative objects and accessories hit the auction block in a week of sales expected to raise well over $50 million, it is the Tuesday and Wednesday sales of her jewelry that are most anticipated.

Highlights include a Versace beaded evening jacket arrayed with portraits of the actress in some of her famous movie roles, which is estimated to sell for up to $20,000. The sunflower yellow dress that Taylor wore to her 1964 wedding to Burton has an estimated sale price of $40,000 to $60,000.