It?s a collection worthy of silver screen?s Cleopatra, and will go on show in Dubai next month. Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor?s iconic jewellery worth over $30 million is set to tour the world in the coming months, with a public exhibition scheduled for October 23 in Dubai at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel.
Sixty-nine of the 269 glittering pieces will be brought to the UAE for the first time, auction house Christie?s said on Sunday. Isabelle de La Bruy?re, Director, Christie?s Middle East, said: ?Christie?s is honoured to have been entrusted with the sale of the Elizabeth Taylor Collection and it was very important for us to be able to present what is the most outstanding and significant private collection of jewellery to our clients in the Middle East, further reinforcing our commitment to the region.??
??Dubai is an integral stop in the global seven-city tour, and we are delighted to bring numerous highlights from this magnificent collection of jewels for the first time to the United Arab Emirates.??
The exhibition in Dubai will be followed by public exhibitions in Geneva, Paris and Hong Kong. In December, the tour will culminate in a special 10-day exhibition of the complete collection at Christie?s New York prior to the sale at the end of the year.
On 13 December this year, Christie?s New York will present 80 of Elizabeth Taylor?s most prized jewels in a special evening sale, followed by 189 additional jewels in two Day Sale sessions on December 14. Her collection boasts examples from the most celebrated jewellery designers, including BVLGARI, Boucheron, Cartier, JAR, Schlumberger, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels, among others.
It includes the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, estimated to be worth $2.5-$3.5 million, which was gifted to the star by two-time husband Richard Burton. Another love-smitten gift from Burton, the La Peregrina ? The Legendary Pearl, worth over $2million, also features in the collection.
The jewels are the best of the best. The Peregrina pearl is so perfect in its pear shape that it nestles like a tiny, fallen fruit in the palm of your hand. That pearl, part of the Spanish royal family jewels in 1550, appears in a painting by Velazquez. Burton outbid the Spanish court at an auction in 1969, buying the pearl for his wife’s 37th birthday. But the necklace that the pearl dangles from is equally extraordinary as well with historic Indian pearls, rubies and diamonds set by Cartier with Maharaji swagger.
Other pieces like Bulgari’s Cleopatra-inspired Art Deco-style sapphire sautoir and the same jeweler’s great, green mountains of emeralds are exquisite finery. Another historic piece is the Prince of Wales feather diamond brooch, owned by the Duchess of Windsor and bought at auction in 1987.
Elizabeth Taylor, the actress who dazzled generations of moviegoers with her stunning beauty and whose name was synonymous with Hollywood glamour, passed away at the age of 79 in March this year. Taylor’s luminous screen presence, allied to a colourful private life, made her a mainstay of US popular culture for more than 50 years.
Sources: Khaleejtimes, Guardian, starnewsonline?