Saturday, September 17, 2011

Jewels and Glamour

Photo Credit:  Douglas Kirkland/Corbis

Six months after Debbie Reynolds' successful Hollywood Memorabilia auction will come the auction of the late Elizabeth Taylor's jewels and closet items at Christie's in New York from December 13-16, 2011.  Select auction items can be viewed by the public before then (having started on September 15, 2011 in Moscow) and will continue through London (Tabitha, take note!), Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris and Hong Kong. 

Among the items slated for this illustrious auction is the Krupp diamond ring Richard Burton gave to Elizabeth Taylor (renamed by Christie's as The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond), ruby and diamond jewelry from Mike Todd, the Peregrina Pearl, the Van Cleef and Arpels emeralds, the Prince of Wales feather diamond brooch once owned by the Duchess of Windsor, countless other jewels, early couture gowns by Valentino and Dior and other fashion houses, Louis Vuitton travel cases, evening purses....the list goes on and on. The auction sale is expected to earn millions.

                                               The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond
Christie's Images Ltd. 2011

My old neighbour, Dot, who lived down the street during my childhood, adored Elizabeth Taylor.  Dot even looked a bit like Elizabeth Taylor during her later years (pre-blonde) and adored jewelry, verrrrrry lah-dee-dah.  Just as Elizabeth Taylor would wear her huge diamond ring daily no matter what she was doing, Dot would wear her diamond and ruby cluster ring on her right hand index finger and her emerald and diamond cluster ring on her left hand index finger, everyday.  I would always ooh and ahhhh over her rings whenever I saw her and she would instantly brighten up, smile and hold her hands out just like a newly engaged bride does when one admires the ring (or rings in this case).  Dot would have had a heyday over this jewelry tour and auction!

The full article at The New York Times can be read here


  1. Dot sounds like a real character!

  2. Dani - Oh she was! I always felt a little bad for her that she never had a grateful daughter (or granddaughters) to spoil, she had three sons and some of her female grandchildren were just horrid, unfortunately!

  3. I'm trying to get my mitts on the catalogue - more for pictures of Elizabeth Taylor than the jewels, if I was down I'd definitely go along to see the pre auction exhibition.

  4. Ahh...I have been reading about the auction for a few months now and I'm completely in awe of some of the pieces in her collection. Dot sounds like a lot of fun. I love to hear about women who wear their best jewellery all day, any day!

  5. Oh going to read the full article now! I have heard so much about the auction - I'd love to just view the jewelry before it gets dispersed!

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  6. B & P - The catalogue would be great to see!

    Louise - Me too! And why not? Elizabeth Taylor had some amazing pieces - jewelry and wardrobe!

    Annemarie - Thanks! Love your name and your blog is great, I'm glad I came across it!