Thursday, October 13, 2011

La Liz

thought I’d been keeping an eye on this, but apparently, I’ve been slacking.Elizabeth Taylor’s auction is currently on tour, and in Los Angeles for three short days, beginning today. I don’t think I’m going to have the time, which is an absolute disappointment. Liz left behind an estimated $150 million in jewels, and never again will it all be in one place. Included is the 33-carat diamond ring Richard Burton gifted her with in 1968, and the Cartier diamond and ruby necklace, bracelet, and earrings that Mike Todd lavished on Liz in 1957 as they lounged by their pool in St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Also on view are ten of Elizabeth’s outfits, both couture and ready-to-wear, including several Christian Dior gowns and the gasp-worthy piece de resistance, a silver and ivory Chanel ball gown with matching floor-length gossamer cape. 
I went to the Debbie Reynolds auction 4 months ago,  and it was beyond amazing and emotional, and I can only imagine this would have been the same.

One of my favorite pieces, below:

The Taj Mahal Diamond, Circa 1627 – 28 with Gold and Ruby Chain by Cartier
Inscribed with the name Nur Jahan, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahangir, this heart-shaped diamond is believed to have been a gift from the ruler to his son, who became the great emperor Shah Jahan (1592-1666). At the age of 35, it is believed that the young prince presented the diamond to his favorite and most beloved wife, Mumtaz-i-Mahal. The emperor’s grief at her death just four years later was legendary – in her memory he commissioned the majestic Taj Mahal . Richard Burton was captivated by the history and significance of this special diamond, and gave it to Elizabeth in 1972 for her 40th birthday.
Estimate: $300,000 – $500,000 

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