Lights, camera and action for Liz Taylor lifestyle auction

Lights, camera and action for Liz Taylor lifestyle auction
Elizabeth Taylor with her husband Richard Burton (1925-1984) pictured on October 13, 1964, at a press reception in Paris where she was filming 'The Sandpiper'. Picture: Keystone/Getty Images

A glamorous three-day Hollywood auction celebrating the luxurious lifestyle and singular career of Elizabeth Taylor will preview in County Kildare in September.

On offer at Julien’s Auctions of Los Angeles is a spectacular collection of iconic fashion, film costumes and accessories by designers Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Versace, Gucci, Dior and others.

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Reuters shares details on today's announcement for our “Property From The Lifestyle of Elizabeth Taylor" auction taking place in Beverly Hills and live online on Julien's Live on December 6th, December 7th, and December 8th. ____________________________________________ Elizabeth Taylor's Oscars Dress Among Her Items Heading to Auction By Reuters July 3, 2019 (Reuters) - A gown worn to the 1974 Academy Awards and more than 1,200 other items from the life of late actress Elizabeth Taylor will be offered for sale at an auction in early December, Julien’s Auctions announced on Wednesday. The pale blue chiffon dress that Taylor wore to the Oscars, which was designed by Edith Head, is expected to fetch between $4,000 and $6,000, the auction house said in a statement. Also on offer will be a gold-plated, sterling silver Cartier belt that Taylor had inscribed to her mother. Darren Julien, president and chief executive of Julien’s Auctions, said he expected the belt to sell for more than $40,000. The auction will take place Dec. 6-8 in Beverly Hills, California. Bids also can be placed through the auction house’s website. Other clothing for sale will include a green wool felt cape the actress wore to Buckingham Palace in 1970 and a New York Yankees jacket she donned for a Vogue Paris photo shoot. The auction also will feature jewelry, wigs, fine art and household items from Taylor’s life. Julien said he also expected to offer artwork that would sell for as high as the $60,000-range. Taylor, who died in 2011 at the age of 79, epitomized Hollywood glamour from its golden age with her love of diamonds, violet eyes and a tumultuous love life that included eight marriages - two of them to Welsh actor Richard Burton. In a career spanning seven decades, the British-American Taylor first gained fame in 1944’s “National Velvet” at age 12 and was nominated for five Oscars. She won the best actress Oscar for 1960’s “Butterfield 8,” and 1966’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Reporting by Lisa Richwine, editing by G Crosse __________________________________________ Learn more at www.JuliensAuctions.com! #ElizabethTaylor #HouseOfTaylor #Hollywood #Memorab

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Retro luxury

Enhancing the sense of retro luxury is an exhibition preview of the collection which is to set sail on a transatlantic voyage from Southhampton to New York on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 on October 18. There will be an auction preview at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge from September 2 to October 31.

A second exhibition is to be held at the Standard Oil Building, Beverly Hills, early in December. The live and online auction runs from December 6 to December 8.

Highlights of the sale include Agathon Leonard, a gilt bronze c1901 lamp featuring Loie Fuller, the sensational American dancer at the Folies-Bergre in Paris ($15,000-$20,000); the blue chiffon evening gown designed by Edith Head and worn by Taylor to the 1974 Academy Awards ($4,000-$6,000); a group of three silk Persian rugs from Taylor’s Gstaad residence ($4,000-$6,000); a black and white leopardskin print pantsuit design by Mirsa (Marchesa Olga di Gresy) and worn in the 1970 film The Only Game in Town ($3,000-$5,000); and a New York Yankees jacket from a Vogue photo shoot in Paris in 1974 by photographer Bruce Weber ($2,000-$4,000).

A chiffon evening gown designed by Edith Head and worn by Elizabeth Taylor to the 1974 Academy Awards.
A chiffon evening gown designed by Edith Head and worn by Elizabeth Taylor to the 1974 Academy Awards.

Biker jacket

There will also be a silver studded Versace leather biker jacket worn by Taylor for her appearance on the Johnny Carson show ($4,000-$6,000); an Yves Saint Laurent poncho and jersey ensemble from the 1965 film The Sandpiper ($2,000-$3,000); a green wool felt cape by Franca, London (Baroness Stael von Holstein) worn to Buckingham Palace for Richard Burton’s investiture ($6,000-$8,000); a Loro Piana brown cashmere wrap worn to the AIDS candlelit march in Washington in 1996 and several sterling table pieces including two Gorham salt and pepper sets with “ET” monograms; four Cartier napkin rings and an Asprey sterling Kiwi bird bottle stopper.

A cashmere poncho and jersey top ensemble worn by Elizabeth Taylor during a beach scene in her role as Laura Reynolds in The Sandpiper
A cashmere poncho and jersey top ensemble worn by Elizabeth Taylor during a beach scene in her role as Laura Reynolds in The Sandpiper

Oscar winner

The three-time Academy Award-winning actress whose epic romances, marriages and jet-setting lifestyle were a source of enduring fascination had a discriminating eye.

A successful businesswoman, she possessed one of the most important private jewellery collections in the world.

In 1963 when she played the title role of Cleopatra she was the first actor to command a million dollars for her performance. And she was a philanthropist.

Julien’s Auctions produces high-profile sales in the film, music, sports and art markets. The Irish connection is through its co-owner and executive director, Athlone-born and reared Martin Nolan, a former Wall Street stockbroker.

A gilt-bronze lamp featuring Loie Fuller, circa 1901, signed 'A. Leonard/ S-cld'.
A gilt-bronze lamp featuring Loie Fuller, circa 1901, signed "A. Leonard/ S-cld".

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