Last night, Christie's auctioned off some of Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry during "The Legendary Jewels" sale, and the pieces went for whopping $115 million in total. The Post reports that it was "a world record for the auction of one private jewelry collection," and that the highest seller of the night was a Cartier pearl and diamond necklace, given to Taylor by Richard Burton. It sold for $11.8M, but was previously only expected to go for $2M or $3M.
The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, which was expected to do the best, didn't, but it still sold for $8.8M to a Korean hotel group rep. The Taj Mahal diamond necklace also went for $8.8M, setting the world record for the highest auction price of an Indian jewel, and a ruby and diamond ring went for $4.2M, setting yet another record for "dollar-per-carat of a ruby." If you'd like to see other things that rich men were buying their spouses for the holidays last night, you can check out the full results from the auction here. Otherwise, you can join us mere mortals at oggle at the online auction.
· Liz auction dazzles [NYP]
· Elizabeth Taylor Auction Catalog [Racked NY]
· Twenty Photos from the Elizabeth Taylor Auction at Christie's [Racked NY]