WATCH: Who Wants To Ogle Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewelry Collection?
Christie’s is auctioning off over $150 million worth of the late actress and humanitarian Elizabeth Taylor‘s jewelry, clothing and artwork. But just because you (probably?) can’t afford to bid on the items up for sale doesn’t mean you can’t still get a tantalizingly close look at each and every piece.
That’s because the people at Christie’s are taking the jewels (some of which date back to the 1500s) and the clothes (most of which were custom made by the world’s best couture houses) on a world tour — and to promote that tour, they’ve produced a video that takes you through most of the pieces on sale. There are over 300 pieces in total, so as you can understand, the video is a bit long. Which is why we’ve already done all the work for you!
0:00 — 5:55: The Jewels
You see everything from The Krupp Diamond, a 33.19 karat stunner that gemologists think is the world’s most perfect stone. Naturally, actor Richard Burton picked it up for Taylor just to show how much he cared. We also see several large pieces from Van Cleef and Arpels, Bulgari and Cartier, which was more or less Taylor’s favorite jewelry house. (Yeah, us too.)
5:56 — 9:02: The Clothes
Sure, there’s a Halston gown in there. And a wool coat from Emanuel Ungaro. And ooh, who designed that dress that looks like its made of leaves from a diamond tree?
9:03 — 10:46: The Memorabilia
Basically every poster from every movie she ever made. Ever. Plus a few photographs and some sculpture. You can skip this part unless you want to watch the scene from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof where Taylor argues with Marlon Brando.
10: 47 — 11:47 The Fine Art
Pissaro? Check. Andy Warhol? Check check. Rauschenberg? Oh, yes. Check.
Take a look at the video and try, just try, not to be jealous of Taylor’s life and career. And save your pennies! The auction will be held at Christie’s in New York City this December.