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  • TOP TEN PIECES FROM ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S JEWEL COLLECTION

    The top ten pieces from the sale of the Elizabeth Taylor jewellery collection at Christie’s in New York on December 13.  Click on any image to enlarge it. All images are © Christie’s Images Limited 2011.

    The Mike Todd diamond tiara, an antique c1880 piece, sold for $4,226,500.

    The BVLGARI Emerald Suite bracelet made $4,002,500. It was a gift from Richard Burton for her 35th birthday on February 27, 1967,

    The Taj Mahal Diamond, circa 1627 – 28, on a gold and ruby chain, by Cartier realized $8,818,500. Inscribed with the name Nur Jahan, wife of Mughal Emperor Shan Jahangir, it set a world record for an Indian jewel. Jahangir was the father of Shan Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal.

    The Elizabeth Taylor diamond made $8,818,500. AUCTION RECORD FOR A COLOURLESS DIAMOND PER CARAT. It was purchased by a private buyer from Asia.

    The Richard Burton Ruby and Diamond Ring, of 8.24 carats, by Van Cleef & Arpels, was a gift from Richard Burton, Christmas 1968. He had promised to buy Elizabeth Taylor a special ruby, with perfect red color, “But it has to be perfect”, he warned. Four years after making his promise, he tucked a small box into the bottom of Elizabeth’s Christmas stocking – so small that she missed it when opening her gifts. This ring achieved $4,226,500. (Click on image to enlarge).

    This necklace from the Cartier ruby suite made $3,778,500. It was a gift from Mike Todd in August 1957. (Click on image).

    A close up of La Peregrina, the top lot and the world's most expensive pearl. (Click to enlarge).

    The Bulgari necklace from the emerald suite made $6,130,500. It was a gift from Richard Burton on their marriage in 1964. The necklace is set with a graduated series of 16 rectangular cut and square cut emeralds. (Click on image to enlarge).

    The BVLGARI Sapphire Sautoir, set with a magnificent sugarloaf cabochon sapphire of 52.72 carats sold for $5,906,500. It was an Art Deco gift from Richard Burton for Elizabeth Taylor’s 40th birthday in 1972. (Click on image to enlarge).

    This pendant brooch from the Bulgari emerald suite achieved $6,578,500, a record price for an emerald jewel. (Click to enlarge).

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