It's time for the third and final installment of fabulousness from "The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor" at Christie's. The auctions are taking place all week and last night, during the sale of a portion of Taylor's jewelry collection, some records were broken! Christie's tweeted, "Elizabeth Taylor's Taj Majal Diamond sets a world auction record for an Indian Jewel w/ $8,818,500." They also added, "The Evening Sale of Elizabeth Taylor's Legendary Jewels realized $115,932,000 and we're just getting stared!" I have to say I am not surprised, those jewels were positively stunning! As promised, here is a peek at some of the Accessories and Memorabilia:
One of my favorite parts of the exhibition was Taylor's extensive collection of Louis Vuitton luggage. The multi-lot assortment includes a set of soft-sided garment bags, a hat box, two Satellite suitcases, a Nice beauty case, a Deauville beauty case, a set of Alzer suitcases and a Boite Pharmacie. What I really loved about the collection, aside from the designer, was the wear and tear evident on the pieces - she really used these bags! Attached to almost every bag was an over sized, purple laminated tag that read, simply "MINE!" which was Taylor's way of identifying her luggage. I think I might have to borrow that idea!
Taylor also had a collection of Director's Chairs from her various movie sets. Which chair was used for which movie is not known; however, the chair featuring the red leather seat and back rest features the title "Dame" stitched in white leather on the back. This indicates it was likely used for one of her films after she was made "Dame of the British Empire" by Queen Elizabeth II on New Year's Eve, 1999.
The exhibition also featured a replica of a portion of Taylor's closet filled with an assortment of her handbags. Needless to say, the crowd in front of this display was never less than 5 people deep!
Also on display, although not for sale, were Taylor's Oscars she received for her performances in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and Butterfield 8 (1960). Although she received two Academy Awards, she was nominated a total of five times. The statuettes were displayed against photos of Taylor's beautiful face on the evening she received the award.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into "The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor" at Christie's. I certainly enjoyed experiencing it and sharing it with you. As I mentioned, the auctions will be taking place all week long so please visit www.christies.com for the latest details.