Exhibition takes place this weekend ahead of December’s auction in NY.
Auction house Christie’s has announced that the collection of Elizabeth Taylor’s fine jewellery to be auctioned later this year has arrived in London as part of an exhibition open to the public this weekend.
Highlights from the collection will be on view in London from September 24 to 26, at Christie’s on King Street, with an admission fee of £10 which includes an exhibition guide.
The one-off exhibition will showcase an arresting selection of the Taylor’s fine jewellery – most of which was gifted to her by her husband Richard Burton – before it is auctioned off at Christie’s in New York over four days in December.
Must-see pieces in the exhibition include a Tiffany iguana brooch, and a stunning Van Cleef and Arpels ruby and diamond ring, and Taylor’s iconic 33.19 carat D colour, flawless white diamond engagement ring given to her by Burton in 1968 – something she is said to have worn almost every day.
Jewellery from some of the world’s finest luxury brands will also be on view, with two Bulgari suites of emeralds sapphires and a Cartier ruby suite. Taylor’s historical Taj Mahal diamond, which was given by the Mughal Emperor Shah to his favourite wife in 1627, is also set to wow the crowds.
A number of touching personal mementos from Taylor’s will also feature, including her Ping Pong rings set with three .10ct D colour, IF diamonds, which Burton bought for her after she beat him by 10 points during a game of table tennis, something the couple loved to play together.
Charm bracelets will also feature, including one that Taylor wore during her teenage years and a second which has a gold jeweller’s loupe charm, which enabled Taylor to look more closely at her gems. Her’s and Burton’s wedding rings will also be on show.
The jewellery will be auctioned over four days commencing December 13 at Christie’s New York where an evening sale will feature 80 of Taylor’s most iconic jewels. The following day 189 pieces will be auctioned in two sessions.
The total selection of 269 pieces of fine jewellery is estimated to achieve well in excess of $30 million.
“From her most jaw-dropping diamonds, gems, and one-of-a-kind historic jewels, to cherished gifts and never-before-seen keepsakes, Elizabeth Taylor’s magnificent collection of jewels promises to captivate the auction world this fall,” said Marc Porter, chairman and president of Christie’s Americas.
“This is without a doubt the greatest private collection of jewellery ever assembled in one place, and Christie’s is honoured to have been entrusted with the global tour of the collection this fall, and the sale of the collection in its entirety
this December,” he added.
Proceeds from the sales generated by the exhibition admission, events, and publications related to the sales will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.