The jewelry from seven husbands. The wardrobe of a '60s jet-setter. The memorabilia of a Hollywood icon, including a love poem by Bob Dylan that he scrawled on a framed publicity poster of himself and dedicated to “Elizabeth, Sweetheart, Dream angel, Queen-of-the world.”
They have already been on display in London and Moscow and will travel to other capitals of wealth. But for four days in October, Taylor's collection will be back in Los Angeles, where she lived most of her life and died at age 79 in March.
The auction preview will take place October 13-16 at MOCA's Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, with admission costing $20. Anyone lucky enough to put their nose inside Taylor's Vuitton luggage set will still be able to smell her perfume.
Marc Porter, chairman of Christie's Americas, said that before she died she had formalized arrangements to auction her jewels, clothes, memorabilia and art.
As much as she was the untouchable, most glamorous person in Hollywood, she was also extremely grounded and had a sense of her mortality.”
Photo: The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, 33.19 carats from Richard Burton. Estimated at $ 2.5 million to $3.5 million – Christie's Images Ltd 2011
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