When we announced a few months back that screen legend Elizabeth Taylor's beautiful jewelry was going to be auctioned off in New York this winter, everyone knew how much her precious pieces were worth. But nobody, not even industry insiders, ever dreamed of how much her remarkable collection would actually fetch at auction. Here are some of her most memorable and historical pieces, and what they went for last week.
THE KRUPP DIAMOND
MIKE TODD TIARA
'REINE MARGUERITE' JEWELS
BURTON WEDDING BANDS
Estimated value: $6,000 - $8,000
Sold for: $6,000 - $8,000
She does! Burton gave his bride these diamond-set wedding bands upon their 1964 marriage in Montreal and their 1975 ceremony in Botswana. The first union lasted 10 years; the second ended after 10 months.
The dazzling collection (it did not only include jewelry, but also other personal objects) set the record at $116 for the highest fetching private collection at Christie's Auction house, and rightfully so. These pieces are one of a kind and very important in the history of jewelry design. One of the most important pieces, and one of my favorites, the "La Peregrina" pearl fetched The highest price for a single item – $11.8 million. The 16th-century pearl on a necklace designed by Cartier, which husband Richard Burton gave Taylor in 1969. This is remarkable because its final price also set a record for most expensive single pearl jewel. I only wish they were all mine today! Ahh a girl can only dream!