Elizabeth Taylor‘s friendships and romances were, of course, incredibly well documented during her lifetime, but currently, the best way to get a sense of the movie star’s glamorous life is at “The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor” Christie’s auction in New York.
Jewelry designer Orianne Collins hosted a preview of the items last week, telling the AP that through the various tokens of affection that Taylor collected, “you can see that all the men were really, really fundamentally in love with her.”
Souvenirs of her romances include couture gowns worn during her two weddings to Richard Burton and a “dazzling ruby and diamond Cartier jewelry set” from her
third husband, Mike Todd. The large 33.19-carat, emerald cut diamond ring that Burton gave her in 1968, which she rarely took off, is one of the big-ticket items, worth up to $3.5 million.
Additionally, Taylor’s close friend Michael Jackson is represented in the collection. Up for auction is a 1987 poster that Jackson gave her. “To my true love Elizabeth,” he wrote on it. “I love you forever.”
The the auction runs Dec. 13-17 online and in person. A portion of proceeds go to The
Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.