Day two of the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor achieves US$ 21.3 million at Christie's in New York

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Thursday, June 20, 2024

Day two of the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor achieves US$ 21.3 million at Christie's in New York
A Thea Porter Cream Chiffon Sequined and Embroidered Caftan with Matching Belt, left, and a Yves Saint Laurent Tan Safari Print Silk Caftan are on display during a preview of the full Collection of Elizabeth Taylor at Christie's. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer.

NEW YORK, N.Y.- The second day of auctions devoted to the jewelry collection of Elizabeth Taylor achieved US$ 21.3 million on December 14, and was 100% sold by lot. This brings the combined total for the sales of fine jewelry from the Collection to US$ 137,235,675 (£87,830,832/ €105,671,470) -- making it not only the most valuable private collection of jewelry ever offered at auction, but also the most valuable sale of jewelry in auction history. The previous evening’s results of $115.9 million set a frenzied pace at the second day of the four-day auction series, with an added element of competition from scores of clients bidding online from around the world.

“The spectacular results of the Evening Sale of Elizabeth Taylor’s iconic jewels sparked a surge of interest from collectors around the world. It took eight hours and three auctioneers to sell 189 more jewels from Elizabeth Taylor’s storied collection,” noted François Curiel, International Director of Jewelry at Christie’s. “The atmosphere was electric from the very first to the last lot, with collectors from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and America chasing each individual jewel with a tenacity never seen before. All the jewels offered greatly exceeded their estimates, sometimes by much as a hundred times. This brings the total value of Miss Taylor’s jewelry collection to $ 137.2 million and sets a new record for the largest jewelry sale ever presented at auction.”

The top lot of the Day Sale sessions was an exquisite antique natural pearl and diamond necklace dated circa 1860 that Richard Burton gave to Elizabeth Taylor in 1968. Featuring a pear-shaped pearl drop reminiscent of her historic “La Peregrina” pearl, the antique necklace was chased by multiple bidders who drove the final purchase price to $1.48 million. In similar fashion, the most anticipated items of the day – The Burton Wedding Bands – became the subject of a spirited bidding battle between a bidder on the phone and in the room. The gold and diamond rings, which were given to Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton upon their marriages in 1964 and 1975, were estimated at $6,000-8,000. The final sale price was US$ 1,022,500.

“We are humbled and gratified by these results which are a testament to the public’s overwhelming affection for Elizabeth Taylor and her incredible legacy, said Marc Porter, Chairman of Christie’s Americas. “The sale of Miss Taylor and Richard Burton’s wedding bands for over $1 million after an epic 15-minute bidding war was a fitting grand finale to the live auction portion of this amazing jewelry collection. We look forward to more great results this week, as the auctions continue with sales of Elizabeth Taylor’s fashion, accessories, decorative arts and memorabilia collections.”

Today's News

December 16, 2011

Photographs and ephemera enhance the Getty's unparalleled collections on Man Ray

Important Judaica and Israeli & International art bring $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York auction

Day two of the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor achieves US$ 21.3 million at Christie's in New York

Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool uncovers a statue of a priest vandalised by Banksy

Artist, writer and editor Joe Simon, who co-created Captain America, dies at age 98 in New York City

American artist Cindy Sherman announced as recipient of 2012 Roswitha Haftmann Prize

Cabinet exhibition of colourful landscapes by the Swiss painter Albert Welti at Kunsthaus Zürich

Color Photographs since 1970 by Joel Sternfeld on view at Foam in Amsterdam

De Hallen Haarlem presents three solo exhibitions by Dutch artists who share a strong intrinsic relation

NHM of Los Angeles County makes tournament of roses debut with spectacular float

Two Important gold coin rarities highlight the Coins & Medals auction at Bonhams New York

Utopias on Paper, German Expressionism: Prints and Drawings from the Tel Aviv Museum Collection

Highlights of the 4th Edition of India Art Fair, formerly India Art Summit, announced

The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center

The Herbert welcomes its millionth visitor

Valencian Institute of Modern Art exhibits Claudio Zirotti: Without Time

1829 $5, the only large head ever certified as proof, headlines sale at Heritage Auctions

Australia's first solo exhibition by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Anneke Eussen: Close to What's Real at Highlight Gallery in San Francisco

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful