Saturday 24 March 2018

Elisabeth Taylor's jewels go under hammer

A necklace from Liz Taylor's collection
A necklace from Liz Taylor's collection
Elizabeth Taylor, who played Cleopatra, died earlier this year

Chris Michaud

Can't spare a few million for one of Elizabeth Taylor's world-renowned rocks at the December auction of her jewellery?

You aren't alone. Less well-heeled fans of the late screen star are consoling themselves by snapping up lavish, limited edition sets of catalogues for Christie's upcoming auction of Ms Taylor's jewellery, clothing, art and memorabilia. But even the books aren't that cheap.

While catalogues from individual auctions of her memorabilia can be had for as little as $60 (€44.50), the crown jewel for collectors is an ultra limited edition, boxed set of the gem sale catalogue accompanied by a signed copy of Ms Taylor's out-of-print 2002 book, 'My Love Affair With Jewelry'.

Packaged in a lavender presentation box, it's going for $2,500 (€1855). Only 25 are available, with profits going toward Ms Taylor's AIDS Foundation. The same set, minus Ms Taylor's signature, is available for $600 (€445).

Another 20lb boxed behemoth of all five catalogues will set a buyer back $300 (€222). A 'jewellery set' of two catalogues detailing the gem auctions and selling for $150 (€111) has been another hot seller.

"We're almost out of the boxed set," said Heather Barnhart, project director for the Taylor sales. "People want the whole thing, they see it as a collectors item."

The auctions of Ms Taylor's belongings kick off on December 13, starting with her her jewellery.

Irish Independent

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