THE BURTON WEDDING BANDS FETCH US$1 MILLION AFTER A 15-MINUTE BIDDING BATTLE
 
THE ELIZABETH TAYLOR TRUST TO DONATE IRENE SHARAFF SUNFLOWER YELLOW WEDDING DRESS TO A MAJOR AMERICAN MUSEUM 
 
UPDATED COMBINED TOTAL TO DATE: $139,836,325 (€107,673,971)

A Christian Dior evening gown of silver encrusted brocade with matching evening bagEstimate: US$4,000 – 6,000
 Price Realized: US$362,500

New York – Day two of The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor saw The Icon & Her Haute Couture Evening Sale realize $2,600,750 (£1,690,488/ €2,002,578). A fitting celebration of Hollywood’s most glamorous star and her fearless sense of style, Miss Taylor’s megawatt ensembles by Chanel, Christian Dior, Gianfranco Ferré, Givenchy, Halston, Tiziani, Valentino, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and others were 100% sold by lot and by value.

 

This black-tie auction comprised 67 of Miss Taylor’s most iconic looks – featuring fashion and accessories collected over five decades with scores of museum-quality treasures. The sale opened with an announcement that the Elizabeth Taylor Trust will donate Miss Taylor’s sunflower yellow dress from her first marriage to Richard Burton to a major American museum. Further details will be announced by the Trust in the coming days.

 

Earlier in the day, the sales of the jewelry portion of the Collection concluded with a record-setting total of US$137,235,675 (£87,830,832/ €105,671,470) – making it not only the most valuable private collection of jewelry ever offered at auction, but also the most valuable sale of jewelry in auction history. The final lot of the two-day jewelry sale was the Burton Wedding Bands, which became the subject of a spirited bidding battle between a bidder on the phone and in the room, realizing US$1,022,500. Read more>  
 

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