Christie’s gears up for online-only Taylor auction

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Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels are given digital pre-sale preview.

Christie’s is gearing up to hold its first online-only auction next month when it puts the posseions of Elizabeth Taylor, including the late actress’s jewellery, under the digital gavel on December 3.

It will be the first time that the auction house has held an auction that will take place purely online. Christie’s has used online bidding as part of its auctions since 2006 but it has never held an auction without a physical auction room leading the sale.

The sale of more than 2,000 of Taylor’s posessions includes more than 500 pieces of fine and costume jewellery. It will run for two weeks. Jewels that will be up for sale include Art Deco-era jewellery and an array of signed jewels by Cartier, Chanel, Christian Dior and Ruser, among others.

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The online auction will complement four days of back-to-back live auctions of other possesions once belonging to Taylor, including a sale of her most iconic jewels on December 13. 

Christie’s Americas chairman and president Marc Porter said: “At over 2,000 items strong, this is a collection of the highest caliber, from Elizabeth Taylor’s magnificent collection of one-of-a-kind historic jewels, to her haute couture and ready-to-wear fashions, and her exceptional collection of fine and decorative arts. To ensure the full breadth of the collection is accessible to collectors worldwide, Christie’s has taken the innovative step of adding this special, online-only component to our live auctions, so that bidders from around the world can participate in this landmark two-week-long event.”

Christie’s has teamed up with luxury fashion e-tailer Moda Operandi to offer viewers a preview of some of the items that will be on sale at the online auction, including Valentino ear clips, a Chaumet ring and Cartier hoop earrings, which can be viewed at modaoperandi.com/elizabethtaylor. The full preview of the sale can be found on Christie’s website from Friday.   

Also on the calendar at Christie’s London is a sale of Important Jewels on November 29 that will feature more than 400 lots, with Royal and historic jewels offered from The Property of HM Queen Elena of Italy and Her Descendants, classic Art Deco, Art Nouveau and signed jewels by Boivin, Bvlgari, Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels. With estimates ranging from £1,000 to £250,000, the sale is expected to realise in the region of £5 million.
 

 

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