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Elizabeth Taylor believed “More is More,” and it’s all up for grabs at Christie’s

The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor auction dates December 13-16 2011, celebrating her life and legacy at Christie’s New York and online.

The Mike Todd Diamond Tiara An Antique Diamond Tiara, circa 1880 Gift from Mike Todd, 1957 Estimate: $60,000-80,000

The Mike Todd Diamond Tiara An Antique Diamond Tiara, circa 1880 Gift from Mike Todd, 1957 Estimate: $60,000-80,000

The legendary actress and humanitarian’s estate is stunning, to say the least. From the Crown Jewels of Hollywood, her copy of the first edition of National Velvet, incredible haute couture from Dior, Valentino, Gianni Versace, to French decorative arts and furniture from Emile Galle, to her Andy Warhols.

And, who cannot think of the jewels… some of the most extraordinary in the world, plus some Kenneth Jay Lane costume. It’s all there from high to low (that cigar box purse), and everything in between.

Elizabeth Taylor believed that more is more and it is difficult to imagine in a day of red carpet borrowing that any other celebrity’s personal collection could possibly amass as much.  Simply amazing.

Behind the Scenes Video: The Making of an Auction:
Pay special attention to the fashion insights of Elizabeth Taylor, who by the way did not come from the generation of having a stylist but purchased her own clothes. Its intriguing to how her style evolved with her life.

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DIRECTOR’S CHAIR Red leather, with white leather inlay ‘Elizabeth Taylor’ on front, ‘Dame’ on back Estimate: $2,000 - 3,000

DIRECTOR’S CHAIR Red leather, with white leather inlay ‘Elizabeth Taylor’ on front, ‘Dame’ on back Estimate: $2,000 - 3,000

Valentino A Valentino Red Velvet and Satin Ball Gown with Scarlet and Beaded Satin Evening Bag The dress labeled ‘Valentino Couture’, 1990s Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Valentino A Valentino Red Velvet and Satin Ball Gown with Scarlet and Beaded Satin Evening Bag The dress labeled ‘Valentino Couture’, 1990s Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Highlights from the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor video:

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"The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond"  is a 33.19 carat, D color, VS1 clarity diamond that was previously known as the Krupp Diamond.

"The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond" is a 33.19 carat, D color, VS1 clarity diamond that was previously known as the Krupp Diamond.

Can’t make it to New York, or don’t have the rocks for the live auction? There’s also The Elizabeth Taylor Online Auction that includes some lesser, more affordable lots of 950 additional items, including costumes and film memorabilia. Here are a few favorites that demonstrate the breadth of Elizabeth Taylor’s personal collection, right down to her pink cowboy boots, pictured after the jump.

PURPLE WOOL FELT COAT AND A VIOLET LIZARD SKIN CLUTCH BAG THE COAT UNLABELED, THE BAG LABELED 'CHANEL' AND CIRCA 1980S

PURPLE WOOL FELT COAT AND A VIOLET LIZARD SKIN CLUTCH BAG THE COAT UNLABELED, THE BAG LABELED 'CHANEL' AND CIRCA 1980S

BLUE SATIN HEXAGONAL BAG LABELED 'CARTIER'

BLUE SATIN HEXAGONAL BAG LABELED 'CARTIER'

HINGED BANGLE BRACELET, BY KENNETH JAY LANE PROBABLY 1960S

HINGED BANGLE BRACELET, BY KENNETH JAY LANE PROBABLY 1960S

A PAIR OF PINK LEATHER ROCK ON COWBOY BOOTS AND A LA AROMA DE CUBA CIGAR BOX HANDBAG THE BOOTS LABELED 'LIBERTY BOOT CO.', THE HANDBAG BY 'ROBUSTO', BOTH LATE 20TH-EARLY 21ST CENTURY

A PAIR OF PINK LEATHER ROCK ON COWBOY BOOTS AND A LA AROMA DE CUBA CIGAR BOX HANDBAG THE BOOTS LABELED 'LIBERTY BOOT CO.', THE HANDBAG BY 'ROBUSTO', BOTH LATE 20TH-EARLY 21ST CENTURY

Images via Christie’s

Published on December 12, 2011

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