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Christie’s Auction Of Elizabeth Taylor’s Baubles Shattered Records

It may be a tough economy, but collectors seem to think the late Elizabeth Taylor’s diamonds are forever.

According to Forbes, the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor auction at Christie’s last night—which featured everything from  the legendary La Peregrina necklace Richard Burton bought her (at right) to a 33.19 carat diamond Taylor jokingly called an “everyday ring”—defied the wildest of expectations, raking in a total $116 million:

“All 80 lots offered were sold and estimates were shattered then crushed throughout the auction. To the best of my knowledge only two items sold within auction estimates. The rest of the lots made the estimates look like afterthoughts as a jammed room full of bidders competed for items with telephone buyers from around the world.”

A portion of the proceeds go to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, so this is a good thing.


Glee gave the tireless AIDS activist‘s auction a nod last night: In the episode, boyfriends Kurt and Blaine host a campy black-and-white Christmas special in their home, during which Kurt is bidding online for Taylor’s diamond-and-emerald necklace and pendant. Unfortunately, his attempt to bid are thwarted by a wintertime Internet outage.

Later in the episode Mercedes and Rachel show up with a special present: the necklace Kurt wanted! Our little drummer boy is beyond thrilled and calls it, “truly a Christmas miracle.” Mercedes makes a wink-wink aside to the camera and says, “Truly a Christmas knockoff.”

Honey, we’ll take it!

Image via Christie’s

By:           Evan Mulvihill
On:           Dec 14, 2011
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  • 9 Comments
    • Seth
      Seth

      Amazing woman

      Dec 14, 2011 at 7:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • christopher di spirito
      christopher di spirito

      The Greatest Star.

      In 1984, Elizabeth Taylor organizes and hosts the first AIDS fundraiser to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles, APLA’s “Commitment to Life” event. She was a tireless spokeswoman, and a fearless advocate on behalf of the HIV/AIDS community.

      She was talented, beautiful, funny and classy.

      Dec 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • todd
      todd

      She shattered records on humanity. Thank Elizabeth for your kind giving heart and voice of a lioness!

      Dec 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MatthewScott
      MatthewScott

      The selling off of her jewelry was bitter sweet. I remember when Richard Burton bought that diamond ring for her. it was a big pop culture moment in the late 60’s. She was a great lady and the world is a less shiny place without her. No one will ever look so good in that jewelry!

      Dec 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ian
      Ian

      Elegant and lovely woman.

      Dec 14, 2011 at 11:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike in Asheville
      Mike in Asheville

      Aren’t we all so lucky that God picked her to be Elizabeth Taylor.

      [Borrowed from a Dick Cavett tribute to Groucho Marx.]

      Dec 15, 2011 at 9:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bob
      Bob

      Truely missed…the world lost a great treasure…Rest in Peace dear Liz…

      Dec 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • LandStander
      LandStander

      Does anyone know what “portion” of the proceeds are going to the foundation? Just curious…

      Dec 15, 2011 at 2:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • christopher di spirito
      christopher di spirito

      @LandStander: I read 100%.

      Dec 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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