This year, items belonging to Academy Award-winning actress and style icon Elizabeth Taylor are hitting the auction circuit in a big way. Pieces from her estate will be available for bidding in not one but two separate events.
Guernsey's is hosting the first on August 6 in New York City’s Pierre Hotel, where Taylor lived with husband Eddie Fisher (after he left his previous wife, Debbie Reynolds). The collection includes Taylor’s 1960 Rolls Royce, nicknamed the “Green Goddess” for its color, which she purchased soon after her wedding to Fisher and kept even after she left him for Richard Burton. The two other items are from later in Taylor’s career: a pale pink satin evening clutch with a diamond rhinestone fringe designed by Christian Louboutin around 2000, and a Gianni Versace green silk evening dress with short sleeves and a front bow, which dates from the 1990s.
Julien’s Auctions is collaborating with House of Taylor, the company who oversees Taylor’s estate for the second event, which takes place from December 6 through 8 at the Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills. The collection features pieces by practically every major designer—Dior, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, and more—as well as an array of jewelry, wigs, art, and household items from her many residences across the world. Fashion highlights include Taylor’s pale blue Edith Head-designed evening gown from the 1974 Academy Awards, a leopard-print pantsuit worn in the 1970 film The Only Game in Town, a white floral caftan worn during a photo shoot with David Bowie, and a Versace leather biker jacket Taylor wore on The Johnny Carson Show. There are also Pratesi bathroom linens, Cartier napkin rings, monogrammed Stallion cowboy boots, and silk Persian rugs.
Before the December auction, the items will also be showcased on the Queen Mary 2, the Cunard ocean liner sailing from Southampton, UK on October 18 and arriving in New York City on October 25. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on select items from the collection.
In addition to her acclaimed performances in Hollywood classics like 1958’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1963’s Cleopatra, and 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Taylor was also known for her impressive seven husbands and a commitment to fighting the spread of AIDS—she founded The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1991.
The items in both auctions reflect the spirit of Taylor, an icon who embodied the larger-than-life soul of Hollywood for more than half a century. “Taylor was a giant and the star of a lifetime who epitomized Hollywood glamour, beauty, and style in a way like no other celebrity ever had before and that we may never see again,” Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions, said in a statement.