Christie’s announces it will manage Elizabeth Taylor auctions this fall


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NEW YORK — Christie’s announced this week it is has scheduled a series of public exhibitions and special events leading up to the sale of the collection of Elizabeth Taylor, who passed away March 23.

The tour involves an international, three-month tour of highlights from her expansive collection that starts in September 2011 and includes stops in Moscow, London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, and Hong Kong.  The tour will culminate in New York in early December with a special ten-day, museum-quality exhibition of Taylor’s jewelry, fashion, accessories, decorative arts and memorabilia, followed by four consecutive days of auctions. 

For this pivotal event, slated for Dec. 3 to Dec. 16, 2011, Christie’s New York will devote its entire Rockefeller Center gallery space to the public exhibition and sales, which are expected to draw several thousand visitors each day.

“Christie’s is honored to have been entrusted with this important role in celebrating the extraordinary life and legacy of Elizabeth Taylor, said Marc Porter, chairman and president of Christie’s Americas, “The global tour and exhibition of her collection at Christie’s will be a window into the world of a true icon, a rare woman who was at once an international film and fashion star, loving mother, successful businesswoman, and generous humanitarian.  This collection of her many cherished possessions will bring us closer to the essence of Elizabeth Taylor’s unique spirit, and promises to inspire admiration, delight, and at times, sheer wonder, in all who come to see it.”

In keeping with Taylor’s life-long devotion to humanitarian causes, Christie’s is pleased to announce that a portion of the monies generated by exhibition admissions, events and publications related to the sales will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).  Founded in 1991, ETAF provides funding to AIDS service organizations throughout the world to assist those living with HIV and AIDS. 

The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor
Public Exhibition: The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor
Dec. 3 – 12, 2011

The Legendary Jewels, Evening Sale
Dec. 13, 2011

Jewelry (Sessions II & III) 
Dec. 14, 2011

The Icon and her Haute Couture, Evening Sale
Dec. 14, 2011

Fashion and Accessories (Sessions II, III & IV)
Dec. 15, 2011

Fine and Decorative Art & Film Memorabilia, including costumes

Dec. 16, 2011

Impressionist & Modern Art
February 2012, Christie’s London

Jewelry
From the elegant simplicity of white diamonds, to her most elaborate custom-designed jewels, Taylor’s collection reveals in sparkling detail her celebrated love affair with jewelry. In what promises to be remembered as one of the most remarkable jewelry events in auction history, Christie’s will open the sales series devoted to Taylor’s collections with a gala evening sale of her most magnificent jewels on Dec. 13, followed by two additional sale sessions on Dec. 14. Culled with expertise and passion over a lifetime, this expansive and thoroughly stunning assemblage of jewelry from the top design houses demonstrates Taylor’s studied appreciation for both the allure and the art of jewelry design.

Haute Couture, Fashion and Accessories
From the red carpets of Hollywood, to the ski slopes of Gstaad, to the sandy beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Taylor exuded glamour in every facet of her life.  With the designers Valentino, Gianni Versace and Gianfranco Ferré among her friends and collaborators, Taaylor’s style evolved throughout the years, resulting in a vast collection of haute couture, ready-to-wear fashion, handbags and accessories that reflect the star that she was, both on- and off-camera. This extraordinary collection will be offered over the course of two sale days, beginning with an evening sale selection of iconic Taylor looks Dec. 14, and followed by three additional sale sessions of fashion, handbags, shoes, accessories and fine luggage on Dec. 15. A final sale session Dec. 16 will be devoted to a selection of important furniture, 20th century decorative arts, and film memorabilia from Taylor’s Bel Air home.

Impressionist & Modern Art
Educated from a young age to appreciate fine art, objects and furniture, Elizabeth Taylor shared her love of fine paintings and drawings with her father, the art dealer Francis Taylor. She added steadily to her collection throughout the years, gradually assembling an exceptional group of late 19th century and early 20th century French and British paintings and drawings, including a significant group of works inherited from her father. These will be offered for sale at Christie’s London – the heart of the European art market – in February 2012 as part of Christie’s prestigious evening and day sales of Impressionist & Modern Art.
 
In addition to these planned auctions, Christie’s will introduce online-only sales through Christie’s LIVE™, the company’s online bidding platform, that will run concurrently with the exhibition and sale dates. Further details of all the sales, exhibitions, catalogues, and tour dates will be announced in the early fall.

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