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Christie's Creates 'Online Only' Sale of Select Items from Elizabeth Taylor

Nov 14, 2011 1:19 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... Christie's will open registration for an online only portion of its Elizabeth Taylor auction on November 18 at The online sale complements four days of back-to-back live auctions of ''The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor'' that begins on December 13 with the film star’s most iconic jewels, and continues through December 16 with additional auctions of fine jewelry, fashion, accessories, decorative arts and film memorabilia.

The online portion includes close to 1,000 lots of fine and costume jewelry, fashion items,  accessories and memorabilia. Estimates start as low as $100 and bidding begins December 3 and runs through December 17.

A sneak peek of the online portion of the auction was made available at Moda Operandi and includes items such as a Ruser hummingbird brooch, Chaumet ring, Valentino ear clips, Chanel sautoirs and ear clips just to name a few top designer items.

''At over 2,000 items strong, this is a collection of the highest caliber, from Elizabeth Taylor’s magnificent collection of one-of-a-kind historic jewels, to her haute couture and ready-to-wear fashions, and her exceptional collection of fine and decorative arts. To ensure the full breadth of the collection is accessible to collectors worldwide, Christie’s has taken the innovative step of adding this special, online-only component to our live auctions, so that bidders from around the world can participate in this landmark two-week-long event,'' said Marc Porter, the chairman of Christie’s Americas.

The carefully-curated selection of online fashion and accessories offers top designer gowns, coats, capes, handbags and designer goods that will be featured in the live auction, and includes more than 400 additional pieces from the houses of Chanel, Dior, Halston, Hermès, Oscar de la Renta, Tiziani, Valentino, and Yves Saint Laurent. 

Given the depth of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection – dubbed “The Crown Jewels of Hollywood” – Christie’s has also hand-selected 500 more pieces of fine and costume jewelry for the online-only sale.  This vast selection is reflective of Elizabeth Taylor’s lifelong love affair with jewelry in all its forms, from the most iconic of jewels featured in the live auctions of her legendary jewels on December 13 and 14 to her many cherished everyday adornments of designer and costume earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, and brooches. 

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