Telephone Number

  • Facebook Page: 150278775007267
  • Twitter: catheralls_
Text Size
Friday, 16 December 2011 11:31

Liz Taylor’s jewellery auction: The most valuable in history

See our own Taylor-made diamonds!

The most valuable jewellery auction in history took place at Christie’s New York this week.

Elizabeth Taylor’s collection of jewels surpassed expectations fetching record prices – the auction house reporting that the first of the four day sale garnered $115.9 million, making it the most valuable jewellery auction ever known. All of the 80 lots placed on offer were sold.

The top lot sold on Wednesday was ''La Peregrina'', a natural pearl, diamond, ruby and cultured pearl necklace by Cartier which fetched $11.8 million, setting a record for a pearl jewel sold at auction. Someone’s in luck this Christmas!

The famous ''Elizabeth Taylor Diamond,'' a rectangular-shaped, 33.19-carat, D, and potentially flawless diamond sold for $8.8 million, or $265,697 per carat, to a private Asian buyer. The diamond was given to Taylor in 1968 by her then husband Richard Burton, and had a presale estimate of $2.5 million to $3.5 million, and set a new auction record for a colourless diamond per carat.

The third top lot was ''The Taj Mahal Diamond,'' which was a gift from Burton on Taylor's 40th birthday. The piece is an imperial Mughal Spinal necklace weighing 1,131.59 carats set with an inscribed heart-shaped table-cut diamond sold for $8.8 million, against a presale estimate of $500,000.

Other big sellers included an 18.26-carat, emerald and diamond pendant brooch by Bulgari, which sold for $6.6 million, or $360,268 per carat, while an emerald and diamond necklace by Bulgari fetched $6.1 million.

In total, seven new auction records were set, including the price per carat for a colourless diamond and for a ruby; a pair of natural pearl ear pendants; a pearl jewel; an Indian jewel and an emerald jewel, Christie’s reported.

Source: by Rapaport - image by Luiz Fernando.

Check out our amazing range of jewellery... and not nearly as expensive!

Read 22562 times

Client Feedback ...

Great to have such a great jewellers in Liverpool. I bought I diamond engagement ring from their store recently and they gave me such a personal service – thank you Mr Catherall! I’ll be returning soon to get some earrings for the wife’s birthday!

Mr Stanton, Liverpool.

Popped over to look at their jewellery from Manchester and was very impressed with their range of rings and the knowledge of their staff. And they certainly know their diamonds.

Mrs Williams, Manchester

National Association of Goldsmiths

Join us on Facebook

Login Form