While the first of Christie's Elizabeth Taylor Auctions got the lion's share of the attention what with its world famous jewels and breathtaking prices, the combined sum of the rest of the sales added about $40 million to the grand total of the sales —nothing to sneeze at.
For those of you with a morbid fascination for what the belongings of a deceased star of the silver screen were worth (and we include The Shophound in that category), here's how it all broke town
- The Legendary Jewels - $115,932,000
- The Icon and Her Haute Couture - $2,600,750
- Jewery II - $21,303,575
- Fashion And Accesories - $2,941,162
- Fine & Decorative Art & Film Memorabilia, including costumes - $4,441,187
- Online Only Auction - $7,951,450
Grand total: $155,170,124.
Only one item we are aware of, the yellow chiffon dress she wore at her first wedding to Richard Burton, was pulled at the last minute. The other famous item not included in the auction was perhaps her largest diamond, the 69 carat pear-shaped Taylor-Burton Diamond. She sold it in 1978 after her second divorce from Burton for what now seems like a paltry $5 million which was used to build a hospital in Botswana. The online auction, whose staggering 974 lots included selections from every category, turned in the largest total for a non-jewelry sale among all the auctions. This grand total, however, is not entirely complete as it doesn't include her collection of fine paintings including well known works from Frans Hals, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and most famously Vincent Van Gogh among others. Those items will be included in major painting auctions scheduled for early next year, and are sure to add several more millions to the haul, an unspecified portion of which will benefit the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.