Boucles d’oreilles of la « Granny Suite »; un cadeau of Richard Burton pour marquer la naissance du premier petit-enfant of la Diva – Estimation: 25.000-35.000 dollars.
Their penchant for jewels was legendary. Elizabeth Taylor, no ring, no earrings, no bracelet or chain? Unthinkable. But it was not just a weakness for luxury – the actress knew very well with jewelry.
No wonder, then, that only finest and unusual pieces found their way into her jewel Cabinet. In December, the multi millions-dollar jewelry discount of Diva who died on March 23, 2011 at Christie will be auctioned it in New York.
Exhibition in Many Cities
Previously the collection around the world travels, so jewelry lovers can watch the pieces. She was in Moscow, London and Dubai, she comes to Geneva (11-12 November), to call Paris, and Hong Kong – only a few places.
What awaits visitors to the exhibition (and later of the auction), is stunning: there are pieces by Bvlgari and Boucheron, Cartier and JAR, Tiffany, Van Cleef and Arpels and many more. 269 pieces of jewelry worth approximately 21.3 million euros come under the hammer, including a 33.19-carat diamond ring, the Diva had 1968 get gift from Richard Burton. Its value is approximately €2.5 to 3.5 million.
Jewels with History
Many of the pieces tell stories. About “The ping pong Diamond”, a group of three diamond rings that are about 1970 gave Burton of his wife after she had won a ping pong game. The narrow tires are estimated to be 5000 to 7000 dollars. Richard Burton again showed his affection in the form of jewels. With a collection of chain, ring, pendant, brooch and bracelet. The pieces of emeralds and diamonds by Bvlgari are about dating from 1958 to 1963. The cheapest piece is located at about 300,000 dollars, the most expensive at $1.5 million.
Collection of Several Pieces of Cartier
There’s a collection of necklace, bracelet and earrings by Cartier. Elizabeth Taylor gave them Mike Todd in 1957 the film producer (and husband). Value per piece: 120,000 to 300,000 Dollar.Rubin and diamonds decorate the 8.24-carat ring by Van Cleef and Arpels, Richard Burton of the diva in 1968 gave at Christmas. The magnificent piece is worth about $1.5 million.
Also a long diamond and Sapphire Necklace by Bvlgari, which in 1972 got Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton for the 40th anniversary or a few ear clips from diamond and multicolored sapphires of JAR belong to the estate. Gems are the “the Prince of Wales’ brooch from 1935, which comes from the collection of the Duchess of Windsor and 1987 at Sotheby’s in Geneva bought the Elizabeth Taylor, or the” the night of the iguana “brooch made of diamonds and various gemstones. The piece by Jean Schlumberger designed by Tiffany and co. got Liz Taylor in 1964 by Richard Burton for the premiere of the film “The night of the iguana”.
Tiara of Diamonds
The pair of earrings by Cartier, which has designed the actress herself, and by her husband Larry Fortensky in 1991 received the wedding also comes under the hammer. The delicate diamond “The Mike Todd Diamond Necklace”, which was a gift from Mike Todd in 1957 about dating back to the year 1900. The most beautiful pieces include the Cartier necklace with the legendary Peregrina Pearl, whose design was itself the actress, and a tiara of diamonds, which about 1880 – made also a gift from Mike Todd. Also a snake is doing, but not toxic. The animal of the House of Bvlgari is made of diamonds and gold, Emerald eyes and is at the same time bracelet and watch.
Many Pieces were Gifts from Richard Burton
Richard Burton always found reasons to treat his wife. One was the moment in which it was first grandmother. “The Granny Suite” means the collection, necklace and earrings, 1970/71 of diamond and gold created Van Cleef and Arpels.
Taylor fans and jewelry lovers discover even more favorite pieces. Charm bands with different trailers, the wedding rings, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton in 1964 and 1975 have been at their weddings, or the mirror with turquoise and gold Bvlgari designed in 1962 for the film “Cleopatra”.
Dresses to be Auctioned Off
And even clothes come under the hammer: including a white ball gown by Chanel with Cape, shoes and clutch from the sixties, the sunflower-yellow silk chiffon gown by Irene Sharaff, carrying Liz Taylor in 1964 when her first marriage to Richard Burton, a caftan by Thea Potter, a beaded evening Jacket by Versace, a red Valentino Ballgown or a fringed Jacket by Halston from the 1980s. Some of the pieces will be auctioned, are so famous that there are even photos, where Elizabeth Taylor wears it. This makes even more valuable gems for fans.