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WARHOL’S INSCRIBED PORTRAIT OF ELIZABETH TAYLOR MAKES $662,500

Andy Warhol's inscribed picture of Elizabeth Taylor - © Christie’s Images Limited 2011. (Click on image to enlarge).

A private Asian buyer paid $662,500 for this inscribed portrait of Elizabeth Taylor by Andy Warhol at Christie’s in New York.  The 1964 work carries the dedication:  ‘to elizabeth with much love’  from the artist.  It is from the edition of approximately 300 published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York.

An American museum paid $362,500 for this Christian Dior evening gown of silver encrusted brocade with matching evening bag. Estimated at $4,000-6,000, it was the most expensive item of couture sold. It was worn to Guy de Rothschild yearly ball at Chateau de Ferrières, in Brie, France. (Picture © Christie’s Images Limited 2011, click to enlarge).

The catalogue described it thus:  Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Liz (Feldman and Schellmann II.7), offset lithograph in colors.  This is one of the 12 portraits of Taylor created by Warhol when she was recovering from a serious illness in the early 1960′s. It was part of The Icon & Her Haute Couture Evening Sale which brought in $2,600,750.

The two day sale series devoted to the haute couture, fashion and accessories of Elizabeth Taylor made a combined total of $5,586,913.  It was 100 per cent sold.

Miss Taylor's Gina Fratini wedding dress, worn at her second marriage to Richard Burton in 1975, made $62,500. It was bought by an American museum. (Copyright Christie's Images, 2011, click to enlarge).

A collection of Miss Taylor’s Impressionist and Modern Art will be sold next February at Christie’s in London.

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