New York – Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor’s massive diamond and jewelry collection along with other belongings will go up for auction at Christie’s in December, the auction house said Wednesday.
The New York auction of her jewelry, clothing, decorative arts and film memorabilia will take place over four days from December 13 to 16. The auction is unusually long, usually only the annual spring sales that draw dozens of dealers and private collections last as long. Two days will be devoted to her jewelry alone.
A separate sale in London in February will auction her collection of impressionist and modern art.
Before the two-time Oscar winner’s goods go under the hammer in New York, they will go on a tour of seven world cities to allow her fans a glimpse into her life. Stops will include Moscow, London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris and Hong Kong.
Taylor was known for her love of diamonds. After she received a gem from her first boyfriend as a teenager, diamonds became her favourite gift from her eight husbands and countless admirers. Her perfume was known as White Diamonds and she even authored a book called My Love Affair with Jewelry.
Taylor died in March at age 79, succumbing to congestive heart failure after a life distinguished by two Oscars, dozens of memorable film roles, turbulent romances, health problems and a pioneering role in raising awareness about AIDS.
A portion of proceeds related to the auction will go to Taylor’s AIDS foundation.