|People line up outside the entrance of Christie's to view the Elizabeth Taylor collection.|
The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor opened Saturday to large crowds and long lines outside of Christie’s N.Y. Rockefeller Center headquarters.
“It was a great opening day for us, with a packed house and lots of happy Elizabeth Taylor fans,” Erin McAndrew, head of Communications, Christie’s Americas, said Sunday. “We sold over 15,000 tickets thus far.”
The exhibition continues through December 12, which will be followed by the sale of one of the greatest collections ever amassed by a single person. Tickets are timed, are still available and can be purchased on Christie’s website online for the day and time slot of your choice.
I first went past Christie’s at around 11 a.m. Saturday, an hour before the doors open to the public, and was surprised to see very few people. I returned at 3 p.m., and the line stretched for more than a block and was mixing in with the throngs of holiday tourists at nearby Rockefeller Plaza.
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Also opening Saturday was the online only auction of 950 items from the Taylor collection, including fine jewelry, costume, jewelry, fashion and accessories and decorative arts. Online bidding will run concurrently with the live auction. Lots begin closing on December 15 and all lots will close December 17.
“At 10 a.m. (Sunday) 12,000 bids have been submitted thus far,” McAndrew said. “There are many more items still available at the $250-500 level, including Louis Vuitton bags, Versace coats, Valentino dresses, and my favorite, a 14k gold flashlight by Van Cleef & Arpels.”