Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry: Sold!
All the world record prices set for jewelry at the Christie’s evening sale of Elizabeth Taylor’s collection were gifts from Richard Burton. The historic Peregrina Pearl suspended from a Cartier necklace set a record for the highest price paid for a pearl. It was also the most expensive piece in the auction at $11,842,500. The Van Cleef & Arpels 8.62-carat ruby ring set a record of price per carat for a ruby. The astounding total was $512,925 per carat adding up to $4,226,500. The $6,578,500 price paid for the Bulgari emerald and diamond brooch set a world record for an emerald jewel sold at auction. The total for the evening sale alone of $115,932,000 shattered the previous record for a private collection of jewels sold at auction held since 1987 by Duchess of Windsor’s $50,281,887 sale. And the total is climbing with almost 200 lots of jewelry being sold at Christie’s auction house today and over 600 pieces online in a sale ending on December 17th.
The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond
Lot 80 Estimate $2,500,000-3,500,000 Price Realized $8,818,500 ($265,697 per carat) World auction record for a colorless diamond per cara
La Peregrina Pearl Suspended from a Cartier Pearl, Diamond and Ruby Necklace
Lot 12 Estimate $2,000,000-3,000,000 Price Realized $11,842,500 World auction record for a pearl jewel
Van Cleef & Arpels Kunzite, Amethyst and Diamond "Triphanes" Sautoir
Lot 15 Estimate $70,000-100,000 Price Realized $422,500
Van Cleef & Arpels Burton Cognac Diamond Ring
Lot 20 $180,000-220,000 Price Realized $2,322, 500
Van Cleef & Arpels Ruby and Diamond Ring
Lot 77 Estimate $1,000,000-1,500,000 Price Realized $4,226,500 ($512,925 per carat) World auction record for a ruby per carat