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Christie's: Elizabeth Taylor $137-million auction makes history

Elizabeth Taylor's jewels are auctioned by Christie's

Christie's is touting its two-day sale of Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry as a world-record-breaking jewelry auction, totaling more than $137 million.

It was a jaw-dropper, with jewels that belonged to the screen legend going for millions more than their Christie's estimate.

"It was the most valuable jewelry sale in auction history," said a representative of the auction house who asked not to be named.

PHOTOS: The collection of Elizabeth Taylor

The jewels grabbing the top three prices included gifts from Richard Burton. The "Taj Mahal" diamond, which Burton gave her on her 40th birthday, sold for $8.8 million, as did a 33.19-carat diamond ring. "La Peregrina" -- a pearl, diamond and ruby necklace given to Taylor by Burton in 1969 -- was the top seller at $11.8 million.

Burton paid $37,000 for it.

Among the buyers at the auction was one Kim Kardashian, who apparently now owns a little chunk of Elizabeth Taylor's mojo. Reality-TV star Kardashian says Taylor's "energy" was captured in the jade bracelets that she purchased Tuesday in the evening auction.

Jade, like that in the Lorraine Schwartz bracelets that belonged to Taylor, "transfers energy," she told Us Weekly. So Kardashian has bracelets with "her energy in them."

And Christie's, therefore, has a bank account with Kardashian's $64,900 in it, the whopping price she reportedly paid for the jade and diamond bracelets.

As the Ministry reported Wednesday, 80 items from Taylor's jewelry collection were auctioned Tuesday in New York for $115 million, with the remaining 189 items auctioned Wednesday. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

More from the late actress' estate will go on sale later in the week, including some of her film scripts and costumes. In February, her collection of Impressionist and Modernist art will go on sale in London.

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Photo:  Christie's auctioneer Andrea Fiuczynski at the auction house in New York on Wednesday. Credit: Carlo Allegri / Reuters


Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry fetches record $115 million at auction

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor may be gone, but her jewelry is still turning heads. The actress's personal collection of jewels went up for auction Tuesday night -- and fetched a record $115 million.

A pearl, diamond and ruby necklace known as La Peregrina, a gift to Taylor from Richard Burton in 1969, sold for a record $11.8 million. Christie's, which conducted the auction, had estimated the necklace would sell for $2 million or $3 million. Burton paid $37,000 for it.

A 33.19-carat diamond ring, which was projected to go for $2.5 million to $3.5 million, sold for $8.8 million.

PHOTOS: The collection of Elizabeth Taylor

That sum for a single white diamond could have bought a whole lot of Taylor's White Diamonds.

A diamond bracelet given to Taylor by close friend Michael Jackson sold for $194,500.

Eighty pieces from Taylor's jewelry collection were auctioned Tuesday in New York, with the remaining 189 items to go Wednesday. Christie's has already blown past the $30 million it predicted as the total sale price. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

More from the late actress' estate will go on sale later in the week, including some of her film scripts and costumes. In February, her collection of Impressionist and Modernist art will go on sale in London.

Taylor died in March.

Some objects from Jackson's estate also went up for bidding this week. Sadly, the singer's auction wasn't as classy as Taylor's: We're talking fancy diamonds versus fancy clumps of hair.

Christie's has no plans to auction Taylor's hair.

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Elizabeth Taylor private tribute: Close friends, sweet words

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Elizabeth Taylor in 2005. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters


Elizabeth Taylor private tribute: Close friends, sweet words

Elizabeth Taylor was honored Oct. 16 in a tribute by family and friends.

Elizabeth Taylor was honored Sunday at an exclusive private tribute, where the love flowed and relatives of Taylor shone as brightly as the stars in attendance.

The memorial was held at Warner Brothers' Steven J. Ross Theatre in Burbank, according to People, with Colin Farrell serving as host. 

Taylor's children Michael and Christopher Wilding, Liza Tivey and Maria Burton attended, as well as stepdaughter Kate Burton. Rhys Tivey performed one of his grandmother's favorite songs, "Amazing Grace," on trumpet. People quoted a guest as saying audience members were "mesmerized how her talent and grace lived on in Rhys."

PHOTOS: Elizabeth Taylor, a life in pictures

Elton John, a friend of Taylor's and comrade in the fight against AIDS, was on hand and closed the event with a rendition of "Blue Eyes."

Also this weekend, MOCA’s Pacific Design Center branch held a preview of auction items of Taylor's  jewels, gowns and paintings. The Los Angeles Times reported in September on the preview by Christie's:

The jewelry for sale includes Taylor's much-photographed 33-carat rectangular-cut diamond, a gift from two-time-husband Richard Burton, now estimated at $2.5 million to $3.5 million. Art highlights include major paintings by Degas, Pissarro and Van Gogh (on view in London but not L.A.) as well as works on paper that the actress received from artist-admirers like Andy Warhol (on view in L.A.).

The public exhibit will next visit Dubai, Geneva, Paris, Hong Kong and New York before a four-day auction is conducted in New York from Dec. 13 to 16, according to Reuters.

Sunday's remembrance of Taylor brings to mind some of Ministry's favorite quotes honoring the actress and humanitarian at the time of her death, March 23, at age 79:

Sharon Stone said her friend was an "illuminator." 

"She put human faces on issues. With her soft voice coming from that tiny frame, she held forth the giant purpose of the true meaning of love; that we are all equally valuable," Stone said.

"She wrote her own chapter in a book that's hers," Larry King said.

La Toya Jackson: "She was an incredible friend to my brother" Michael, "at his side through some of his most difficult times and of course loved by his children and our family."

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Photo: Elizabeth Taylor in 2008. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Poll: What should the title of Angelina Jolie's Cleopatra film be?

Angelina Jolie in 'Alexander' Over the summer it was announced that Angelina Jolie will star as Cleopatra in David Fincher's reboot film about the Egyptian Queen in 2013.

Even though the Scott Rudin-produced film will focus on Cleopatra as a shrewd political strategist instead of her romantic liaisons the way the 1963 Elizabeth Taylor film did, we still like to speculate about the potential leading men likely to play Julius Caesar and lover Marc Anthony. Talk of Brad Pitt as her leading man would parallel Taylor's relationship with fifth husband Richard Burton who played Marc Anthony in the 1963 film.

'Cleopatra: A Life' is the basis of the Cleopartra film Based on the Stacy Schiff biography,  "Cleopatra: A Life," the Los Angeles Times book reviewer said: "Cleopatra's story serves as a cautionary case study in the perils of celebrity." And who better knows about that than Jolie, who notoriously began a relationship with Pitt, then married to Jennifer Aniston, on the set of their film "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"?

The Ministry was inspired to come up with more decadent titles for the film that would do justice to the likely sumptuous high-budget film. So cast your vote and suggest alternatives in comments.

 

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Right photo: Angelina Jolie portrays Queen Olympias in a scene from Oliver Stone's "Alexander" release in 2004. Credit: Reuters / Warner Bros.
 

Left Photo: Cover of the book "Cleopatra: A Life" by Stacy Schiff. Credit: Little, Brown and Co.

 


Report: Elizabeth Taylor's jewels are expected to be auctioned

Taylor is wearing diamond jewelry given to her by former husband Eddie Fisher Elizabeth Taylor's personal jewels, once estimated at $150 million collectively, are expected to be auctioned by Christie's to benefit the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and amfAR, the AIDS charity she co-founded in 1985, according to a report.

The actress, who died last week of congestive heart failure at age 79, famously collected gems and jewelry. She was often gifted gorgeous, sigh-inducing pieces like her 33-carat Krupp diamond -- given to her by her fifth husband, Richard Burton -- which she is said to have cherished most.

Among her collection was a 29-carat diamond ring from third husband Michael Todd, a 50-carat pear-shaped La Peregrina Pearl and a 69-carat Taylor-Burton diamond purchased for $1 million.

You may clutch your own pearls now.

"The studios, in order to make her happy, they'd always give her jewelry. So she grew up collecting it," celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, who was also a friend of Taylor's, told People.

Taylor even penned a book called "My Love Affair With Jewelry" in which she showcased her finest gems. That's why Candy Spelling, a jewel collector herself, is said to be gearing up for the first bid on Taylor's jewels. And it seems as if everyone knows Taylor held diamonds in the highest regard.

"She had the most amazing eye," Peter Sedghi, the Luxury Jewels of Beverly Hills president/CEO who worked with the actress on her House of Taylor jewelry line, told the magazine.  "To be honest, she knew more than I did [about jewelry]. When you would show her stones, she would tell you the origin, if it's good quality, bad quality, where it came from."

The actress' net worth is estimated between $600 million and $1 billion, thanks to business deals and her successful fragrances -- White Diamonds, Black Pearls and Passion. The fragrances alone have yielded more than $1 billion in sales since the introduction of White Diamonds in 1991.

Elizabeth Arden, the company that manufactures the fragrances, announced that it will continue to sell them. So if you want to get a piece of Taylor's legacy, the fragrances could be the next best option.

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Photo: British-born actoress Elizabeth Taylor watches her fiance Eddie Fisher as he performs on stage at the Tropicana in Las Vegas in August 1959. Taylor is wearing diamond jewelry given to her by Fisher. Credit: John Bryson / Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images


Elizabeth Taylor mourned by family and fans

Elizabeth Taylor's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Limousines leave Forest Lawn in Glendale after funeral services for Elizabeth Taylor This post has been updated. Please see the note below for details.

Elizabeth Taylor was laid to rest Thursday at Forest Lawn in Glendale, with a private service conducted inside the Great Mausoleum where she was to be interred, L.A. Now reports.

Security had been requested for the three to four dozen family members and friends expected to attend the funeral, Glendale police said. Shortly after 2 p.m., five limousines scooted past the media pack that surrounded the memorial park's entrance. They left shortly before 4 p.m. without making a public statement.

Family members planned to gather again Thursday night for a private service memorializing the legendary actress, who died at 79 of congestive heart failure.

Fans had been placing flowers at Taylor's star, near Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Avenue on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, since word of her 1:28 a.m. death Wednesday began to spread. A candlelit shrine was set up by staff in the VIP room at the West Hollywood bar the Abbey, where Taylor had been known to hang out, according to TMZ. A special "Blue Velvet Martini" was being sold in Taylor's memory all weekend, with proceeds going to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. At the Newseum in Washington, D.C., a display of front pages of myriad newspapers marked Taylor's death. 

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Larry King remembers Elizabeth Taylor, teases Sean Hannity about a cable host's inevitable fate

Larry King sat down via satellite with Sean Hannity on Wednesday night to share memories of his friend Elizabeth Taylor -- and to remind Hannity that one day he too would air the final installment of a long-running show bearing his name.

"She wrote her own chapter in a book that's hers," King said of Taylor, whose funeral was Thursday, the day after her death at 79 from congestive heart failure.

One thing he loved about interviewing Elizabeth? "She didn't have a line-cut between brain and mouth," King said.

"You asked her a question, she answered it. She was not fearful of what public opinion thought of her," he said, especially with regard to her early activism in the battle against AIDS, when "there were Hollywood stars who wouldn't talk to her, wouldn't go to any of her rallies ... because of fear of being associated with it."

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To Elizabeth Taylor, White Diamonds last forever [Video]

Elizabeth Taylor made fewer movies as she advanced in years, but this commercial for her fragrance White Diamonds, perhaps one of the pioneers in scents launched by celebrities, has stuck with us.

The fragrance, launched in 1991, remains one of the best selling celebrity scents to date, grossing $61.3 million globally in 2010, according to Euromonitor. Combined with her other fragrances Black Pear and Passion, Taylor's aroma empire grossed $76.9 million last year.

Because of Miss Taylor and this commercial, this Ministry writer just might have wanted to set down a diamond earring to up the ante during a poker game a time or two.

Chalk it up to the black and white? The cinematic qualities of old Hollywood glamour? The wayward airplanes? Or the the feel of Humphrey Bogart's "Casablanca"? We're not really sure, but this iconic commercial for Taylor's fragrance is likely to last forever.

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Elizabeth Taylor remembered: Jane Fonda, Kim Kardashian and more on Twitter

Jane Fonda remembers costar Elizabeth Taylor via Twitter. News of Elizabeth Taylor's death Wednesday morning had friends and fans busy on Twitter paying respects and sharing fond memories. The Oscar-winning actress, who spent some time on Twitter herself, was a celebrated Hollywood legend and her fellow stars were among the many to pay tribute.

Jane Fonda, Taylor's costar in the 1976 film "Blue Bird," wrote, "I knew elizabeth Taylor and I can tell you she was kind, brave, generous and loyal. I am sad."

Meanwhile Kim Kardashian, who interviewed the "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" actress about life and love (Taylor was married eight times to seven men) for the February Harper's Bazaar, tweeted "she will always be my idol!"

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Elizabeth Taylor remembered: La Toya Jackson

La Toya Jackson remembers Elizabeth Taylor Michael Jackson's sister La Toya Jackson offered her condolences to Elizabeth Taylor's family Wednesday after the iconic Hollywood actress died at age 79 from congestive heart failure.

Elizabeth Taylor at Michael Jackson's funeral

 

 

 

"Liz Taylor was an amazing woman and screen legend. She was an incredible friend to my brother, at his side through some of his most difficult times and of course loved by his children and our family," Jackson said in a statement.

"She will live on in our hearts forever, my prayers go out to her family."

Taylor had been exceptionally close to Michael Jackson and his family, attending his funeral in Glendale after the King of Pop died in 2009.

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Photos: La Toya Jackson in October 2009, left, and Elizabeth Taylor at Michael Jackson's funeral service earlier that year. Credits: Virginia Farneti / Associated Press; Harrison Funk


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