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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christie's to Host Exclusive Online Sale of Elizabeth Taylor's Jewelry

Diamond and 18k white gold necklace set with approximately 126 circular-cut diamonds, weighing approximately 18.50-20.50 carats total, mounted in 18k white gold. Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Christie's will hold a separate online sale of some of Elizabeth Taylor’s most cherished possessions to coincide with the auction house's live auction of "The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor," to be held in New York next month.

Out of the more than 2,000 pieces that Christie’s will sell, 950 pieces will be offered online in the categories of fine and costume jewelry, designer fashion and accessories, and decorative arts and objects online. The online sale will be held December 3 – 17. While Christie’s has offered real-time bidding online since 2006, this is the first time the auction house will host an exclusive online addition to a private collection sale.

18K white gold and diamond Cartier "Love" hoop earrings, in original box. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000

The online sale complements four days of back-to-back live auctions of The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor that will begin on December 13 with the film star’s most iconic jewels, and continues through December 16 with additional auctions of fine jewelry, fashion, accessories, decorative arts and film memorabilia. It also coincides with the exhibition of the collection at Christie’s New York Rockefeller Plaza headquarters from December 3 – 12. Impressionist and Modern Art from the collection will be auctioned in London in February 2012.

“This is a collection of the highest caliber, from Elizabeth Taylor’s magnificent collection of one-of-a-kind historic jewels, to her haute couture and ready-to-wear fashions, and her exceptional collection of fine and decorative arts,” said Marc Porter, chairman and president of Christie’s Americas. “To ensure the full breadth of the collection is accessible to collectors worldwide, Christie’s has taken the innovative step of adding this special, online-only component to our live auctions, so that bidders from around the world can participate in this landmark two-week-long event.”

A circular-cut multi-colored, multi-gem swirl edged cocktail ring with approximately 38 marquise-cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.75-2.00 carats, mounted in 18k white gold. Estimate: $2,000-4,000

A select group of items from the collection are currently on a world tour before heading to Christie’s New York showroom for the final exhibition and sale.

The curated selection of online fashion and accessories mirrors the offering of top designer gowns, coats, capes, handbags and designer goods that will be featured in the live auction. It includes more than 500 pieces of fine and costume jewelry, including Art Deco-era jewelry, and signed jewels by Cartier, Chanel, Christian Dior, and Ruser. This selection is reflective of Elizabeth Taylor’s lifelong love affair with jewelry in all its forms. Starting estimates for the top jewels range from $10,000 for a diamond and 18K white gold necklace set with 126 circular-cut diamonds, and as low as $100 for a pair of Chanel ear clips with the designer’s signature “CC” pendants.

The items for the online sale can be viewed in a special online preview with luxury fashion retailer, Moda Operandi. Beginning November 18 the full complement of online-only lots will be available for viewing at Christie’s website.

A gold, sapphire and Mississippi pearl hummingbird brooch, by Ruser. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000

Online registration and bidding begins December 3 in a timed auction that will run concurrent with the public exhibition and live auctions of The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor at Christie’s New York. For easy navigation, the online-only sale is divided into four categories – Fine Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories, Costume Jewelry, and Decorative Arts and Memorabilia.

Christie’s also recently announced ticket purchase information for the 10-day public exhibition of The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor at Christie’s flagship Rockefeller Plaza location. The New York exhibition will be the most expansive presentation of the collection thus far, including selections from all of the major categories – jewels, fashion, fine art, film memorabilia and costumes, and decorative items. The exhibition includes a video tribute to Elizabeth Taylor’s life and legacy, and five richly illustrated catalogues of her collections and other commemorative publications will be available for purchase both online and on-site.

Tickets are on sale on Christie’s website for $30 per person and must be purchased in advance for a specific time slot. There will be no other way to buy tickets. Below are listings for the dates of the online sale and the dates and times of the New York exhibition and auction.

Bidding for all Categories of the Online-Only Sale Opens December 3, Closing Dates, by Category are as follows:

Fine Jewelry, December 14

Fashion and Accessories, December 15

Costume Jewelry, December 16

Decorative Arts and Memorabilia, December 17

Christie’s New York Exhibition Days and Hours:

December 3, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

December 4, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

December 5, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

December 6, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

December 7, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

December 8. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

December 9, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

December 10, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

December 11, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

December 12, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Sale Dates:

The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor The Legendary Jewels, Evening Sale – December 13

Jewelry (Sessions II & III) – December 14

The Icon and her Haute Couture, Evening Sale – December 14

2011 Fashion and Accessories (Sessions II, III & IV) – December 15

Fine and Decorative Art & Film Memorabilia, including costumes – December 16

Online-Only Auction – December 3 – 17

Impressionist & Modern Art – February 2012, Christie’s London