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Hollywood: Elizabeth Taylors estate Auction


A piece of Hollywood history: 1,000 priceless items from Elizabeth Taylor's estate are going up for auction, from one-of-a-kind fashions and intimate accessories to homewares, including a $20,000 gilt LAMP. Julien's Auctions has partnered with House of Taylor, the late actress's estate, for a three-day auction. The actress passed away on March 23, 2011, at the age of 79, after suffering congestive heart failure.

House of Taylor, protects the actress' legacy and estate, is selling 1,000 luxury items from the woman's decades-long career in Hollywood. Items include designer gowns, jackets, accessories, and other small items. The most expensive item up for sale is a Agathon Leonard gilt-bronze lamp. Other items, like a choker Taylor wore, are valued at $100.
The holiday season came early for fans of style icon Elizabeth Taylor, as her house, which protects the actress' legacy, prepares to put 1,000 luxury items of her collection up for auction.
Julien's Auctions partnered with House of Taylor for a three-day auction starting on December 6 to celebrate the late actress' legacy by selling iconic clothing, jewelry, and other pieces from her life.
Items to be sold during the three days include film costumes and clothing from luxury designers like Christian Dior, Edith Head, Gucci, and Oscar de la Renta, as well as several unique personal items that were owned by Taylor, who passed away in March 2011 from congestive heart failure at the age of 79.

The event Property From the Lifestyle of Elizabeth Taylor will take place in Beverly Hills, California, and online for fans to bid on the hundreds of different items from the icon's collection. Taylor rose in fame as a child actress in the 1940s before landing a number of prominent roles in the 50s and 60s, including her part as Cleopatra.
The UK-born actress-turned-humanitarian continued to make her mark on the Hollywood industry into the 90s when she was named the seventh-greatest female screen legend by the American Film Institute.
She then died in 2011 at the age of 79 from congestive heart failure. But during her life, Taylor amassed a large collection of designer clothing, accessories, wigs, furniture, and personal memorabilia.

Highlights from the upcoming auction include a Versace beaded leather biker jacket Taylor wore when attending The Johnny Carson Show in 1992. The jacket is expected to sell for between $4,000 to $6,000. Another item up for sale is an Edith Head blue chiffon dress Taylor wore when attending the premiere of the 1974 film That’s Entertainment, which is also expected to sell for between $4,000 to $6,000. One of the more personal piece highlighted for the auction is a Cartier gold-chain belt given by Taylor to her mother. The gift reads, 'To My "Hippy" Mom All my love Elizabeth' and is expected to go for $1,000 to $2,000. But the most expensive item, estimated to go for $15,000 to $20,000, up for grabs has nothing to do with Taylor's closet and is instead an Agathon Leonard gilt-bronze lamp featuring American dancer Loie Fulle. Although there are pricier designer threads and items on the market for fans to bid on, the auction house also wanted to include more affordable pieces people could purchase. Certain chokers, bracelets, and magazines from Taylor's collection are valued at $100 for the auction. More bizarre items included in the auction are Persian rugs valued at $4,000 to $6,000, a dice holder, and a sterling silver whistle. Martin Nolan, the executive director of Julien's Auctions, spoke about the affordability of some of the items for sale ahead of the highly-anticipated event.

'I think people will be surprised that they will be able to actually acquire and afford to have something from the amazing Elizabeth Taylor,' he told AFP.
This is not the first time items from Taylor's personal collection have gone up for sale. Christie's, a British auction house, hosted a week-long auction after Taylor died in 2011, and it brought in approximately $156 million.

Fans can purchase a memento of Taylor's starting on December 6.

PUBLISHED: 02:36 GMT, 26 November 2019 | UPDATED: 12:52 GMT, 26 November 2019

28 Nov 2019 / Ian Wyles

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