At Auction: Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewels

Posted in Art Market by Amanda Strasik on September 21, 2011

Press release from Christie’s (7 September 2011) . . .

Edith Head Necklace, gold necklace with ivory opera passes, ca. 18th and 19th centuries

Christie’s is proud to announce details of the first in a four-day series of landmark sales devoted to the iconic collection of Elizabeth Taylor, the celebrated film star, fashion icon, and humanitarian. On December 13, 2011, Christie’s New York will present 80 of Ms. Taylor’s most iconic jewels in a special Evening Sale, followed by 189 additional jewels in two Day Sale sessions on December 14. Widely celebrated as one of the greatest private collections ever assembled, this dazzling array of jewels includes Elizabeth Taylor’s most iconic diamonds, gemstones, historic jewels, and one-of-a-kind creations, as well as a treasure trove of personal mementos and beloved gifts. The total selection of 269 magnificent jewels from this storied collection is estimated to achieve well in excess of $30 million. . . .

The Edith Head Necklace, a gold necklace with ivory opera passes, circa 18th and 19th centuries, gift from the Estate of Edith Head Estimate: $1,500 – 2,000. Fashioned from ivory theatre tokens, this one-of-a-kind necklace was owned by the Hollywood costume designer Edith Head – a dear friend of Elizabeth Taylor whom she often described as being like a second mother to her. As Ms. Taylor later recounted, she had always admired the necklace on Edith, who in turn promised to leave it to Elizabeth in her will. True to her word, the necklace was the one thing Miss Head left to her, and it became a beloved reminder of her dear friend and one of her most cherished possessions. . . .

An especially nice AP photo by Richard Drew is available here»

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