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  • ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S HAUTE COUTURE

    Elizabeth Taylor’s haute couture – described by Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie’s, Americas as: “the greatest collection of fashion that has ever been shown on the market” – will be sold in New York on the evenings of Wednesday, December 14 and Thursday, December 15.  The sale of the Elizabeth Taylor Collections – jewels, haute couture, fashion accessories, decorative arts, film memorabilia – in New York from December 13-16 has generated worldwide interest, and it seems reasonable to expect that many estimates will be exceeded. You can see a video of the collections on this website.  All images are © Christie’s Images Limited 2011). Here is some of the couture:

    UPDATE: The Icon and her Haute Couture evening sale realised $2,600,750.  The black tie sale, featuring 67 of her most iconic looks, was 100 per cent sold. The auction opened with an announcement that the Elizabeth Taylor Trust will donate Miss Taylor’s sunflower yellow dress from her first marriage to Richard Burton to a major American museum.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for December 2, November 14, September 25 and September 7)

    A VALENTINO RED VELVET AND SATIN BALL GOWN WITH SCARLET AND BEADED SATIN EVENING BAG THE GOWN LABELED ‘VALENTINO COUTURE’, THE BAG STAMPED TO THE INTERIOR ‘VALENTINO GARAVANI’, BOTH 1990S ($3,000-5,000). (Click to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE $6,250.

    PART OF AN OUTFIT - A CHRISTIAN DIOR EMPIRE LINE EVENING GOWN OF IVORY SILK FAILLE AND A CANARY YELLOW EVENING WRAP LABELED ‘CHRISTIAN DIOR PRINTEMPS-ÉTÉ 1968’, STAMPED ‘143414’ AND ‘143415’ ($8,000-10,000). Click on image to enlarge. UPDATE: THIS OUTFIT MADE $17,500.

    A TIZIANI BLACK VELVET ‘SCORPIO’ EVENING CAPE LABELED ‘TIZIANI ROMA’, 1968-1969 ($2,000-3,000). (Click to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $60,000.

    A VALENTINO BLACK LACE STAGE GOWN LABELED ‘VALENTINO COUTURE’, CIRCA 1971 ($1,500-2,000). (Click to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $62,500.

    MISS TAYLOR’S SUNFLOWER YELLOW CHIFFON WEDDING DRESS FOR HER FIRST MARRIAGE TO RICHARD BURTON DESIGNED BY IRENE SHARAFF, LABELED ‘RAY DIFFEN’, 1964 ($40,000-60,000). Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THE ELIZABETH TAYLOR TRUST IS TO DONATE THIS DRESS TO AN AMERICAN MUSEUM.

     

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