I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it -Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor the Hollywood epidemy of beauty, glamour, and extravagance. She was and continues to be a muse, an inspiration to designers around the world for her timeless elegance, grace, and beauty. Though she passed away a couple of years ago, she remains a legend and it is inevitable to talk about glamour, elegance, and jewelry without remembering her sophisticated self.
In December of 2011, her jewelry collection was auctioned off at world renowned Christie’s in New York City. They auctioned off the largest jewelry collection in history for an accumulated total of $156,756,576. The 26 piece collection toured the world before millionaires from all over came to NYC to bid for the items. No item went for less than $1M, and many of the proceeds form the exhibits went towards the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation.
Unlike many actresses of her time (and even today) Elizabeth Taylor owned much of the jewelry she used. She was known for her refined taste and eye for selecting the best pieces, that along with her celebrity definitely contributed to the extravagant amounts the pieces were auctioned for.
Here are some of the pieces from Christie’s The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor: