"The Girl Who Had Everything": See Elizabeth Taylor's Mythic Jewelry Collection Before It Heads to Christie's

“The Mike Todd Diamond Tiara,” an antique diamond tiara, circa 1880; Gift from Mike Todd, 1957; estimate: $60,000-80,000
(Courtesy Christie's)

Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry collection is one of legend, and Christie's will be heralding the trove's mythic status as the "Crown Jewels of Hollywood" when it brings over 250 of her pieces to auction in New York this December.


Among the most notable ofpieces in the collection is a 33.19-carat diamond ring — called the"Elizabeth Taylor Diamond" — estimated to fetch $2.5-3.5 million. Thering was given to Taylor by her then-husband Richard Burton(who was her husband twice, out of eight total marriages). Another giftfrom Burton is a necklace of pearls, rubies, and diamonds, arranged around alarge pearl dating from the 16th century, that could go for $2-3million.


The "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" actor was not the only husband to present Taylor with diamonds. An antique diamond tiara given to her in 1957 by her third husband, Mike Todd, is also heading to the block with an estimate of $60,000-80,000.

An entire suite of emerald and diamond jewelryby Bulgari will also go up for auction. The five pieces, to be sold separately, carry estimatesbetween $1-1.5 million for the necklace and $150,000-200,000 for theearrings.

Before the December 13 sale, the jewels will complete a three-monthtour around the world, and will be on view to the public in LosAngeles, London, Paris, Geneva, Moscow, Dubai, and Hong Kong.

To see a slide show of the actress's finery heading to Christie's, click the slide show at left.