Christie’s in line to auction Taylor’s jewellery

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Collection worth an estimated $145m to go under the hammer.

Elizabeth Taylor’s glittering collection of diamond and gemstone jewellery may be auctioned off to raise money for the numerous charities she has worked with.

There has been suggestion that the jewellery will be auctioned by Christie’s, though the auction house has yet to fully confirm the report.

The English-born actress, who passed away on March 23, was known for larger than life jewellery collections, along with diamonds of more that 70cts, bought for her by her actor husband Richard Burton. There has long been speculation that her jewellery would be sold off to raise money.

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Taylor herself once told how her jewellery would one day "be scattered around the four corners of the world." Friends who have seen Taylor’s jewellery have reportedly described endless collections and rooms, of which Taylor knew each piece by heart.

Past reports have likened Taylor’s archive of rubies, rare pearls and diamonds to that of various royal households and some of her jewellery was put on display to the public in 2002, to raise money for an aids charity.

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