By Sara Abey
It’s Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s birthday today [this was first published on 28 Feb 2020], she would have been 88 years old.
I consider her to be one of the greatest jewellery lovers of modern times. She owned an impressive collection of jewels that she wore frequently, but also preserved at a museum standard. Nine months after her death, in a series of ground-breaking auctions from 3 to 17 December 2011, Christie’s auction house in New York sold the collection for US$ 137,235,575.
Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery collection together with her fashion garments, decorative arts and film memorabilia fetched a total sum of US$ 156,756,576 at the four days of auctions.
Chris Wilding, Elizabeth Taylor’s son said, “My mother always acknowledged that she was merely the temporary custodian of the incredible things she owned. Today, I think she would be happy to know that her collections will continue to enrich the lives of those who have acquired pieces. My family is proud that our mother’s legacy as a celebrated actress, tireless AIDS activist, and accomplished businesswoman touched so many people’s lives that they wanted to have a part of it for themselves.”
All auction sales and exhibition proceeds were received by the Elizabeth Taylor Trust, and a portion of it was donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).
[📷 Elizabeth Taylor photographed by Gary Bernstein from the Grumman Collection]