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Elizabeth Taylor's Amazing Collection

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Last week Martha and I had the opportunity to attend the preview of the collection of Elizabeth Taylor to be auctioned at the legendary Christie's auction house in NYC.  We were able to see pieces from her renowned collection of jewels and haute couture as well as fine decorative arts and film memorabilia. It was an amazing evening.  If in NYC I encourage you to visit the exhibition that runs through Monday December 12th.  Given my birthday and Christmas are both in December I have high hopes that lots # 80, 78, 433, and 330 may find their way into my stocking/closet.  My colleagues have some favorites of their own which I am happy to share with you.  Kudos to Lauren Land for throwing one of my favorite events of the Christmas season.

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Here is the invite.

1 Here is the invite.

The invitation is brilliantly designed with perforated life-size pieces of jewelry that you can pop out and try on.

2 The invitation is brilliantly designed with perforated life-size pieces of jewelry that you can pop out and try on.

Adia Benson, editorial assistant at Martha Stewart Living models an emerald ring and earrings.

3 Adia Benson, editorial assistant at Martha Stewart Living models an emerald ring and earrings.

Erin Furey, assistant style editor at Martha Stewart Weddings, wears an ornate diamond, ruby, and pearl necklace.

4 Erin Furey, assistant style editor at Martha Stewart Weddings, wears an ornate diamond, ruby, and pearl necklace.

Megan Barry, digital assistant, models a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings.

5 Megan Barry, digital assistant, models a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings.

Diamonds aren't just for women! Anthony Luscia, special projects editor at Martha Stewart Weddings, wears this Egyptian-themed bracelet.

6 Diamonds aren't just for women! Anthony Luscia, special projects editor at Martha Stewart Weddings, wears this Egyptian-themed bracelet.

Kristen Flanagan, assistant editor at Martha Stewart Living, shows off an aquatic brooch.

7 Kristen Flanagan, assistant editor at Martha Stewart Living, shows off an aquatic brooch.

Grey Thornberry, senior design production associate, shows off his feminine side by wearing this emerald and diamond necklace.

8 Grey Thornberry, senior design production associate, shows off his feminine side by wearing this emerald and diamond necklace.

Robin Sayers, freelance editor for Martha Stewart Living, loved this huge diamond ring.

9 Robin Sayers, freelance editor for Martha Stewart Living, loved this huge diamond ring.

Laura Kaesshaefer, editorial assistant in crafts, shows off this emerald and diamond bracelet.

10 Laura Kaesshaefer, editorial assistant in crafts, shows off this emerald and diamond bracelet.

Sean Hendricks, digital project manager, models another Egyptian-themed bracelet.

11 Sean Hendricks, digital project manager, models another Egyptian-themed bracelet.

Lincoln Patterson, maintenance associate, shows he can rock a diamond necklace.

12 Lincoln Patterson, maintenance associate, shows he can rock a diamond necklace.

Liz Regalia, assistant digital editor, chose these dangly ruby and diamond earrings.

13 Liz Regalia, assistant digital editor, chose these dangly ruby and diamond earrings.

Rebecca liked the emerald necklace best.

14 Rebecca liked the emerald necklace best.

Yvette Gonzales preferred to stack her bracelets.

15 Yvette Gonzales preferred to stack her bracelets.

Here is Jenn Andrilik our Online Editor

16 Here is Jenn Andrilik our Online Editor

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Andy Warhol's rendition of Elizabeth.

1 Andy Warhol's rendition of Elizabeth.

This room was one of my favorites--EH meticulously labeled each jewelry box with who the gift was from and when it was given to her.

2 This room was one of my favorites--EH meticulously labeled each jewelry box with who the gift was from and when it was given to her.

Here is the plaque from the show.

3 Here is the plaque from the show.

These caftans are amazing!

4 These caftans are amazing!

There were gorgeous photos of Elizabeth throughout the whole exhibit.

5 There were gorgeous photos of Elizabeth throughout the whole exhibit.

This is exquisite.

6 This is exquisite.

I am amazed by all of the pattern she wore throughout the years.

7 I am amazed by all of the pattern she wore throughout the years.

so tribal

8 so tribal

What a stunning shape

9 What a stunning shape

Here are our auction paddles--ready to bid.

10 Here are our auction paddles--ready to bid.

Elizabeth taylor on the set of Butterfield 8.(Photofest)

11 Elizabeth taylor on the set of Butterfield 8.(Photofest)

I love to see her in this Versace bolero.(Getty)

12 I love to see her in this Versace bolero.(Getty)

Her is Elizabeth at masked ball at the Ca'Rezzonico-September 1967.(Associated Press)

13 Her is Elizabeth at masked ball at the Ca'Rezzonico-September 1967.(Associated Press)

I love this picture of her looking over her shoulder. (photo by Mark Shaw)

14 I love this picture of her looking over her shoulder. (photo by Mark Shaw)

What a profile! (photo from My Love Affair With Jewelry)

15 What a profile! (photo from My Love Affair With Jewelry)

EH with her ruby-and-diamond jewelery just given to her by her husband at Villa Fiorentina. (photo from My Love Affair With Jewelry)

16 EH with her ruby-and-diamond jewelery just given to her by her husband at Villa Fiorentina. (photo from My Love Affair With Jewelry)

She is positively glowing--and so is her ring! (photo by Toni Frissell)

17 She is positively glowing--and so is her ring! (photo by Toni Frissell)

She was always so stunning. (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

18 She was always so stunning. (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

The infamous Krupp diamond--33 carats!  (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

19 The infamous Krupp diamond--33 carats! (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

Stunning in emeralds.  (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

20 Stunning in emeralds. (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

This cape was what Elizabeth wore to Grace Kelly's Scorpion themed birthday in Monte Carlo.  (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

21 This cape was what Elizabeth wore to Grace Kelly's Scorpion themed birthday in Monte Carlo. (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

HEre is the Duchess of Windsor wearing the diamond clip that would later become Miss Taylor's.  (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

22 HEre is the Duchess of Windsor wearing the diamond clip that would later become Miss Taylor's. (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

Isn't this sapphire and diamond piece just stunning? (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

23 Isn't this sapphire and diamond piece just stunning? (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

Look at this fantastic amethyst, kunzite, and diamond jewelry.  (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

24 Look at this fantastic amethyst, kunzite, and diamond jewelry. (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

Here are the Burton cognac diamond ear pendants and diamond ring.  (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

25 Here are the Burton cognac diamond ear pendants and diamond ring. (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

The Daisy parure was designed by Van Cleef and Arpels.  (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

26 The Daisy parure was designed by Van Cleef and Arpels. (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

And here is Elizabeth wearing it!  (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

27 And here is Elizabeth wearing it! (photo, Elizabeth Taylor:My Love Affair With Jewelry)

Here is Martha at the event.

28 Here is Martha at the event.

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Comments (2)

  • Hi Kevin, so lucky to attend this auction I can imagine it an amazing evening. Love love her beautiful breathtaking pieces of jewelry.
    Loving her book My Love Affair With Jewellery, and recently People Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011

    PS Yesterday I was buying Christmas gifts from villeroy-boch, I had the new issue of 'Friends', I was so impressed to see the beautiful home of Rebecca Robertson and Marco Pasanella for the holidays in the pages of the Autumn/Winter issue. Beautiful!
    Best Wishes

  • Hi Kev,
    This is one of your best posts. I so loved seeing the Martha Stewart employees rocking the cut out jewelry pics! I could so see myself in the Krupp's diamond! Happy Holidays and Happy Birthday!

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