Elizabeth Taylor jewels up for auction, $30M expected

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Auctions are great. We once put our Garbage Pail Kids on Ebay and scored a cool 9 bucks for the whole set. Elizabeth Taylor's jewels are expected to do better when they hit the auction block at Christie's New York on Dec. 13 and 14.

Christie's estimates the jewels will bring in more than $30 million before select highlights from the 269-piece collection embark on an eight-city tour spanning Moscow, London, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong.  

Among the highlights of the dazzling collection are:

  • The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond: given to Taylor by husband Richard Burton, the 33 carat piece is expected to sell for $2.5 to $2.5 million.
  • The Richard Burton Ruby and Diamond Ring: a 1968 Christmas present.
  • The Mike Todd Diamond Tiara: a gift from Mike Todd, a producer and another Taylor husband, the $60,000-$80,000 dollar headpiece was worn by Taylor to the 1957 Academy Awards.

If you're interested in bidding on the jewels, then let's be honest -- you probably don't read this website because you are too busy skinning an endangered albino pando atop your pile of money. 

Photo/Video credit: Christie's
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