Wednesday 16 October 2019

Elizabeth Taylor: Wardrobe auction breaks another world record

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Photo: Getty Images
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Photo: Getty Images
US film star Elizabeth Taylor and her first husband Nick Hilton, of the hotelier family, on their wedding day. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Elizabeth Taylor smoulders for the cameras in 1953. Photo: Getty Images
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Elizabeth Taylor in London, England, Great Britain. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
384120 06: Actress Elizabeth Taylor Poses In An Old Film Still. Taylor Is An Award Winning Actress Who Has Appeared In Such Films As "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? And "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof." (Photo By Getty Images)

Alicia Waite

Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor's wardrobe auction broke yet another world record last night.

The auctioning of Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor's belongings continued last night, as her wardrobe of haute couture gowns and more jewels raised a further $2.6 million (£1.67 million) - setting yet another record, this time for a fashion auction.

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One of the biggest sales of the evening, which was hosted by auctioneers Christie's in New York, was a Christian Dior evening gown and matching clutch, which fetched $362,500 despite having an estimation price of only $6,000.

Wedding memorabilia commemorating Taylor's two marriages to Richard Burton proved the hits of the night, with a Gina Fratini gown worn to their second wedding selling for $62,500 and two diamond and gold wedding bands from both marriages selling for a huge $1 million, some 125 times more than the $8,000 estimation price. The yellow chiffon gown she wore to their first nuptials was withdrawn from the auction at the last minute, and is to be donated to an institution instead.

Glittering garments from Versace, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent all found new homes all over the world, whilst one movie buff bought the saffron yellow robe worn by Taylor in Cleopatra , one of her more famous roles, for $62,500.

American socialite and reality TV star, Kim Kardashian also got her hands on a piece of fashion history, entering a bidding war with other jewellery fanatics over three Lorranise Schwatz bangle bracelets, finally putting in the highest bid at $64,900.

The previous evening Taylor's fine jewels had smashed auctioning world records, raising $115,932,000 (over £74million) and continues tonight and tomorrow with accessories and memorabilia.

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