MIKE TODD TIARA
Sold for: $4.2 million
Elizabeth Taylor‘s third husband, producer Mike Todd, presented her with this tiara fit for a queen, which she wore to the 1957 Oscars, when Todd’s Around the World in 80 Days won Best Picture. It was one of many items sold at Christie’s New York on Dec. 13 during an auction that fetched nearly $116 million.
Sold for: $11.8 million
Discovered in the 1500s in the Gulf of Panama, the pear-shaped pearl on this ruby-and-diamond necklace became part of the crown jewels of Spain. Taylor’s husband Richard Burton (whom she married twice) purchased the stone for her in 1969, paying $37,000 in an auction. The actress later commissioned Cartier to design the necklace, a mount for what she called “the most perfect pearl in the world.”
DAISY APPLIQUé SHIRT & HOT PANTS
Estimated value: $1,500 – $2,000
Taylor wore short-shorts! The actress sported this cheeky ensemble at London’s Heathrow Airport in 1971 as she and Burton returned from visiting their first grandchild. Clothes, art and mementos belonging to the star will go up for auction at Christie’s New York on Dec. 15 and 16.
LOUIS VUITTON LUGGAGE
Estimated value: $3,000 – $5,000
Never one to travel lightly, Taylor owned several sets of Vuitton, like the one seen here. She marked each bag with lilac name tags that read “Mine.”
'REINE MARGUERITE' JEWELS
Sold for: $746,500
Created by Van Cleef amp Arpels, this necklace-and-earring set is made of white diamonds, colored diamonds and chrysoprase. Taylor wore the jewels to the 1993 Academy Awards, where she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her extensive philanthropic work.
Estimated value: $200,000-$300,000
Estimated value: $40,000 – $60,000
Taylor’s Cleopatra costumer Irene Sharaff made this silk chiffon dress for the star’s first wedding to Richard Burton in Montreal in 1964. “It’s kind of Cleopatra goes ’60s,” says Christie’s fashion curator Meredith Etherington-Smith.
THE KRUPP DIAMOND
Sold for: $8.8 million
Now called the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond – the actress wore it nearly every day after receiving it from Burton in 1968 – this 33.19-carat, flawless gem was a favorite of the star. “My ring gives me the strangest feeling for beauty,” she once said. “It sort of hums with its own beatific life.”
Estimated value: $2.5 million – $3.5 million
BURTON WEDDING BANDS
Estimated value: $6,000 – $8,000
She does! Burton gave his bride these diamond-set wedding bands upon their 1964 marriage in Montreal and their 1975 ceremony in Botswana. The first union lasted 10 years; the second ended after 10 months.
SCORPIO EVENING CAPE
Estimated value $2,000 – $3,000
Taylor wore this black velvet Tiziani cape to Grace Kelly’s 40th birthday party in Monaco in 1969 – it was Scorpio-themed because of the princess’s birth sign. Though Taylor was a Pisces, she was invited as the wife of Burton, also a Scorpio. Karl Lagerfeld, now Chanel’s creative director, was Tiziani’s freelance designer at the time, and may have created this piece.
ANDY WARHOL IMAGE
Estimated value: $30,000 – $50,000
Signed “To Elizabeth, with much love,” this Andy Warhol creation was one of about 300 wove-paper lithographs that the artist created in Taylor’s likeness.
The auction takes place Dec. 13-16 at Christie’s in New York, after the items complete a worldwide tour this fall.