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    Monday, July 15th, 2019

    A glamorous three day Hollywood auction celebrating the luxurious lifestyle and singular career of Elizabeth Taylor will preview in County Kildare in September.  On offer at Julien’s Auctions of Los Angeles is a spectacular collection of iconic fashion, film costumes and accessories by designers Yves St. Laurent, Valentino, Versace, Gucci, Dior and others. Enhancing the sense of retro luxury is an exhibition preview of the collection which is to set sail on a transatlantic voyage from Southhampton to New York on Cunards Queen Mary 2 on October 18. There will be an auction preview at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge from September 2 to October 31. A second exhibition is to be held at The Standard Oil Building, Beverly Hills, early in December.  The live and online auction runs from December 6 to December 8. Highlights include Agathon Leonard, a gilt bronze c1901 lamp featuring Loie Fuller, the sensational American dancer at the Folies-Bergre in Paris ($15,000-20,000);  the blue chiffon evening gown designed by Edith Head and worn by Taylor to the 1974 Academy Awards ($4,000-6,000); a group of three silk Persian rugs from Taylor’s Gstaad residence ($4,000-6,000);  a black and white leopardskin print pantsuit design by Mirsa (Marchesa Olga di Gresy) and worn in the 1970 film The Only Game in Town ($3,000-5,000); a New York Yankees jacket from a Vogue photo shoot in Paris in 1974 by photographer Bruce Weber ($2,000-4,000); a silver studded Versace leather biker jacket worn by Taylor for her appearance on the Johnny Carson show ($4,000-6,000);  an Yves St. Laurent poncho and jersey ensemble from the 1965 film The Sandpiper ($2,000-3,000);   a green wool felt cape by Franca, London (Baroness Stael von Holstein) worn to Buckingham Palace for Richard Burton’s investiture ($6,000-8,000);  a Loro Piana brown cashmere wrap worn to the AIDS candlelit march in Washington in 1996 and several sterling table pieces including two Gorham salt and pepper sets with “ET” monograms;  four Cartier napkin rings and an Asprey sterling Kiwi bird bottle stopper.The three time Academy Award winning actress whose epic romances, marriages and jet setting lifestyle were a source of enduring fascination had a discriminating eye. A successful businesswoman she possessed one of the most important private jewellery collections in the world.  In 1963 when she played the title role of Cleopatra she was the first actor to command a million dollars for her performance.  And she was a philanthropist.  Julien’s Auctions produces high profile sales in the film, music, sports and art markets.  The Irish connection is through its co-owner and executive director, Athlone born and reared Martin Nolan, a former Wall Street stockbroker.

     A gilt-bronze lamp featuring Loie Fuller, circa 1901, signed “A. Leonard/ S-cld”.
    A chiffon evening gown designed by Edith Head and worn by Elizabeth Taylor to the 1974 Academy Awards.


    Monday, April 2nd, 2018

    Van Gogh’s Vue de l’asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Remy  UPDATE: THIS MADE £10.1 MILLION

    A Van Gogh that belonged to Elizabeth Taylor, Vue de l’asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Remy, comes up at Christie’s in New York on May 15.  From 1963 until her death in 2011 the painting hung in Taylor’s Bel Air living room.  It was sold at auction in 2012 from nearly $16 million and is now estimated to make more than $35 million.   Taylor’s father, art dealer Francis Taylor, purchased the painting on her behalf in 1963 at auction for £92,000.

    Painted in 1889, the year before his suicide, the work was included in several of Van Gogh’s most important early exhibitionsThese groundbreaking shows, including the 1905 retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, were instrumental in the formation of his posthumous reputation.

    Christie’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York includes works by Van Gogh, Fernand Leger and Mark Chagall, all of whom experienced breakthrough results in November 2017.  Chagall’s La Tour Eiffel ($6-9 million) is being sold by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa to benefit its acquisitions fund. Leger’s Le grand dejeuner from 1921 is estimated at $15-25 million.


    Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

    Elizabeth Taylor Collections generate unprecendented global response.

    The Elizabeth Taylor auctions brought in a combined total of $156,756,576 at Christie’s in New York.  In what turned out to be the most valuable jewelry and fashion auctions in history 26 items sold for over $1 million and six lots sold for over $5 million.  Christie’s first ever on-line only auction brought in over $9.5 million in additional sales from the collection.  It generated over 57,000 bids.

    The auctions drew unprecedented interest from bidders throughout the world.  They bid in person at Christie’s Rockefeller Centre saleroom, on the phone, on-line and by absentee bid.  The sale of 1,778 lots of jewelry, fashion, decorative arts and film memorabilia far exceeded Christie’s pre-sale expectations and lots were frequently hammered down for five, ten or even fifty times their estimate.  The jewelry sales, for example, had been estimated to bring in more than $30 million, but the combined total for two jewelry sales was $137,235,675.

    All sales proceeds will be directed to the Elizabeth Taylor Trust. A portion of the profits generated by sales of exhibition tickets, event sponsorships and the ongoing sales of select publications will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).  An estimated 58,000 visitors viewed highlights during an eight-city global exhibition and tour in Moscow, London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Paris, Geneva, Hong Kong and New York.


    Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

    The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, of 33.19 carats D color, VS1 clarity, potentially internally flawless Gift from Richard Burton Purchased from Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York May 16, 1968 Estimate: $2,500,000 – 3,500,000 (In 1969 he paid $305,000 for it) UPDATE: IT MADE $8,818,500, a world auction record for a colourless diamond by carat.A Suite of Ruby and Diamond Jewelry By Cartier Gift from Mike Todd, August 1957 Necklace estimate: $200,000 – 300,000 Bracelet estimate: $150,000 – 200,000 Earrings estimate: $80,000 – 120,000

    DETAILS of the fabulous Elizabeth Taylor jewellery collection have been released by Christie’s. The dazzling array, including diamonds, gemstones, historic jewels, and one-of-a-kind creations comprises 269 magnificent jewels.
    Most were gifts from Mike Todd – the only one of Taylor’s seven husbands whom she did not divorce (he died after a year of marriage) and  Richard Burton.  The collection, to be sold in New York in December, is estimated to achieve well in excess of $30 million.
    “This is without a doubt the greatest private collection of jewelry ever assembled in one place, and Christie’s is honored to have been entrusted with the global tour of the collection this fall, and the sale of the collection in its entirety this December,”  said Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie’s Americas.
    “Elizabeth Taylor’s passion for jewelry was well-known, but it is her depth of knowledge about fine jewelry that truly impresses,” said François Curiel, International Jewelry Director and President of Christie’s Asia. “From the first time I met her in 1998, it was clear that she possessed an expert’s eye for craftsmanship, rarity, quality and history.  She collected the best pieces from the best periods, and as a result her collection boasts exquisite examples from the most celebrated of jewelry designers, including BVLGARI, Boucheron, Cartier, JAR, Schlumberger, Tiffany, and Van Cleef & Arpels, among others.
    On December 13, 2011, Christie’s New York will present 80 of Ms. Taylor’s most iconic jewels in a special Evening Sale, followed by 189 additional jewels in two Day Sale sessions on December 14.  (CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT)
    Tour Dates and Locations: Highlights from The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor
    September 15 & 16, GUM, Red Square, Moscow,
    September 24, 25 & 26, Christie’s, London
    October 13, 14, 15 & 16, MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles
    October 23  Emirates Tower Hotel, Dubai
    November 11 & 12 Four Seasons Hotel de Bergues, Geneva
    November 16 & 17 Christie’s Paris
    November 24, 25, 26 & 27 Hong Kong Convention Center
    December 3 – 12  Christie’s New York
    See post for June 29.

    A Pair of Diamond and Multi-Colored Sapphire “Ball” Ear Clips By JAR Purchased in Paris, December 2001 Estimate: $100,000 – 150,000 UPDATE: THESE MADE $602,500.

    Emerald and Diamond Jewelry By BVLGARI, Ring estimate: $600,000 -800,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE $3,330,500

    The Burton Wedding Bands (to be sold on December 14) Estimate: $6,000-8,000. These diamond-set wedding bands were given by Burton on their marriages in 1964 in Montreal and in 1975 in Botswana. UPDATE: THEY MADE $1,022,500

    A Ruby and Diamond Ring, of 8.24 carats By Van Cleef & Arpels, 1968 Gift from Richard Burton, Christmas 1968 Estimate: $1,000,000 – 1,500,000 UPDATE: IT MADE $4,226,500 A WORLD AUCTION RECORD PER CARAT PER RUBY.


    Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

    A worldwide tour of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery, fashion and art is to start in September.  Christie’s, which is co-ordinating the event, will organise a ten day exhibition at the Rockefeller Center in New York from December 3.  This will be followed by four consecutive days of auctions from December 13-16.  In the interim there will be stops  in Moscow, London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, and Hong Kong.

    Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie’s Americas, said: “The global tour and exhibition of her collection at Christie’s will be a window into the world of a true icon, a rare woman who was at once an international film and fashion star, loving mother, successful businesswoman, and generous humanitarian”. A portion of the monies generated by exhibition admissions, events and publications related to the sales will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).
    Christie’s will open the series with an evening sale of her most magnificent jewels on December 13, followed by two additional jewellery sessions on December 14.  Elizabeth Taylor’s vast collection of haute couture – the designers Valentino, Gianni Versace and Gianfranco Ferré were among her friends – as well as ready-to-wear fashion, handbags and accessories will be offered over two days. A final session on December 16 will be devoted to important furniture, 20th century decorative arts, and film memorabilia from her Bel Air home.
    Elizabeth Taylor’s collection of Impressionist & Modern Art will be offered at Christie’s London in February 2012.