Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry Sells For $115 Million At Auction

Rucuss staffDecember 14, 2011

Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels sold for a combined $115 million at auction at Christie’s.

The auction of the actress jewels more than doubled the record for a single collection and it set new marks for pearls, colorless diamonds and Indian jewels. Christie’s sale of the 80 items was expected to raise about $20 million. But her famous 33-carat diamon ring given to her from Richard Burton to her charm bracelets sold for more than their estimates.

It only took two hours of the four-hour sale to break the record for a single-owner jewelry collection set in 1987 when the Duchess of Windsor’s jewels sold for just over $50 million.

According to the Telegraph, here’s how it went down:

*The La Peregrina necklace, a diamond, ruby, and pearl rope with a  sixteenth-century pear-shaped pearl pendant, thought to be one of the finest pearls in the world: $11,842,500.

*The Taj Mahal ruby and gold chain by Cartier: $8,818,500 (a new world record  for an Indian jewel)

*The Prince of Wales brooch, formerly owned by the Duchess of Windsor:  $1,314,500

*The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, a 33.29 carat Asscher-cut ring given to her by  Richard Burton in 1968: $8,818,500

Check out some of the pieces that were sold at the auction.

Elizabeth Taylor Jewels

Elizabeth Taylor Jewels

Elizabeth Taylor Jewels

Elizabeth Taylor Jewels

Elizabeth Taylor Jewels

Elizabeth Taylor Jewels

Taylor’s “The Mike Todd Tiara,” is estimated at $60,000-$80,000.

Part of a Suite of Kunzite, amethyst and diamond “Triphanes” jewelry by Van Cleef & Arpels is estimated at $70,000-$100,000.

Taylor’s diamond, emerald and gold “Snake” bracelet watch by Bulgari (circa 1961) is estimated at $12,000-$15,000.

Taylor’s diamond and multi-colored sapphire “Ball” ear clips by JARS are estimated at $100,000-$150,000.

Taylor’s gold and ivory necklace featuring ivory opera passes is from circa 18th and 19th centuries was a gift from the estate of Edith Head. The necklace is valued at $1,500-$2,000.

Taylor’s diamond, emerald and gold “Snake” bracelet watch by Bulgari (circa 1961) is estimated at $12,000-$15,000.

Taylor’s ruby and diamond necklace was a gift from Mike Todd. It is estimated at $200,000-$300,000.

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