Elizabeth Taylor Jewels – And More – Go On Display in L.A.


Elizabeth Taylor once claimed she had three true loves in her life: husband number three, Mike Todd; husband five (and six) Richard Burton; and jewelry. Before her death from congestive heart failure at the age of 79 in the spring, she had arranged with Christie’s to auction off most of her belongings, including the legendary jewelry she acquired from seven marriages.

While the 2,000 objects in her collection (which also includes clothes, art, and memorabilia) will go on sale in December in New York, Angelenos can preview them at MOCA’s Pacific Design Center outpost next weekend form October 13th to 16th. The collection has already been shown in Moscow and London, and after L.A. is scheduled to stop in Dubai, Geneva, Paris, and Hong Kong before reaching New York.

Included in the sale is some of Taylor’s most famous pieces, such as a 33-carat rectangular cut Krupp diamond given to her by Burton and thought to be worth $2.5-3.5 million. Perhaps the most historic, and best known, is La Peregrina, also given to her by Burton and once owned by Spanish King Philip II, it’s a large 16th Century pearl. There are also several significant works of art in her collection, including pieces by Degas, Pissarro, Van Gogh, and Andy Warhol. The profits from the preview are to be split between the museum and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. The sale in December is expected to bring in about $50 million.

Tickets to the preview are $20 and available on Christie’s web site.

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