Elizabeth Taylor: A Life Well Lived

With all the talk of the upcoming auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels, couture and assorted artwork through Christie's, I wanted to take a look back at a life well lived, materially speaking.

The original of a much reproduced lithograph by Warhol, signed; estimate $30,000 to $50,000.00

I was trying to make my way to her Bel Air home, but I was so seduced by the jewels!!  I'm sure the estimates are on the lower side, and the pieces will go for much more based on their extraordinary history.  There will be an online auction from Dec. 3rd to the 17th, to coincide with the in house auction from Dec. 13th to 16th.

The online auction is touted as having about 1,000 items in the lower priced catagory, for those of us with shallow pockets, but the Bulgari snake watch is calling my name (story of my life).

The Mike Todd diamond antique tiara, circa 1880.  Old mine cut diamonds, estimate:  $60,000.00
to $80,000.00

The famous, flawless "Richard Burton" 33.19 carat diamond ring, flanked by baquettes set in platinum; estimate between $2.5 to $3.5 million.  She did say, "Big girls need big diamonds."

The Taj Mahal necklace by Cartier; estimate $300,000.00 to $500,000.00.  You have to admit, the woman had extraordinary taste.

Elizabeth's home sold after being on the market 33 days.  It was bought by an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed price.  Architectural Digest happened to be shooting the home in March of 2011 when Elizabeth died, but they were told to continue.  I'm glad they did.  It really had a timeless quality to it.
The ranch home was previously owned by Nancy Sinatra Sr.

photos: Christies and Firooz Zahedi for AD

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