Fashion, film memorabilia and what Christie’s is calling “the crown jewels of Hollywood” will be on display when a collection of items owned by Elizabeth Taylor bows in Los Angeles next month, kicking off a three-month international tour arranged by the auction house.
Housed at the Pacific Design Center, the collection includes 68 of her iconic outfits including the ivory silk Valentino she wore to the Academy Awards in 1994, the silver Chanel ball gown and cape she was dressed in at “The Taming of the Shrew” royal film perf in London in 1967 and the dress she wore the first time she married Richard Burton. Among the 250 jewelry pieces is the famous 33-carat diamond ring from Burton.
“Elizabeth Taylor’s passion for jewelry was well-known, but it is her depth of knowledge about fine jewelry that truly impresses,” said Francois Curiel, Christie’s Asia prexy and international jewelry director. “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.”
Art and movie memorabilia round out the collection, all of which is up for auction at Christie’s New York on Dec. 13-16. Proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
The four-day exhib bows Oct. 13 and will travel to Moscow, London, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, Hong Kong, ending in Gotham.