Celebrity Fashion: Elizabeth Taylor’s designer clothes to be sold at auction for thousands

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Celebrity Fashion: Elizabeth Taylor’s designer clothes to be sold at auction for thousands

Celebrity Fashion:

Items from Elizabeth Taylor‘s glamorous designer wardrobe are to be put up for auction later this year.

Taylor cemented her status as a fashion icon throughout her 60-year acting career, appearing in classic films such as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Eight years after her death at the age of 79, several of the pieces worn by the actor during her heyday are to be auctioned by California-based auction house Julien’s Auctions.

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“Elizabeth Taylor was a woman of many firsts and basically led the way for how we define modern-day celebrity,” says Darren Julien, president and CEO of the auction house.

“Try defining the last half of the 20th century without her. It can’t be done. That was the power of her influence.” 

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Celebrity Fashion: 1/17 Worn Givenchy trouser-suit

An emerald green silk trouser-suit, green tube beaded mix along v-neck line, jacquard with lame thread weave, matching belt designed by Givenchy and worn by Elizabeth Taylor to a 1987 Aids Fundraiser. Pre-sale estimate: $800

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 2/17 Worn ‘X, Y and Zee’ costume

A leopard print trouser-suit designed by Mirsa and worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the film X, Y and Zee (Columbia Pictures, 1972). Pre-sale estimate: $3,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 3/17 Worn Versace jacket

A beaded leather biker jacket designed by Versace and worn by Elizabeth Taylor during an appearance on the Johnny Carson Show. Pre-sale estimate: $4,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 4/17 Engraved Cartier belt

A sterling silver Cartier brand belt purchased by Elizabeth Taylor for her mother and engraved in Taylor’s own handwriting, ‘To My ‘Hippy’ Mom – All My Love, Elizabeth.’ Pre-sale estimate: $1,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 5/17 Worn Richard Burton tye-dye cape

A green and black large heavy wool-felt blend tye-dye cape designed by Franca (Baroness Stael von Holstein) and worn by Elizabeth Taylor to Richard Burton’s investiture. Pre-sale estimate: $6,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 6/17 Owned cowboy boots

Two pairs Stallion brand cowboy boots: 1 pair of black and white leather, with vine, flower, and heart design, monogrammed “E”; and 1 pair of brown Crocodile. Pre-sale estimate: $600

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 7/17 Worn Terry O’Neill photo shoot caftan

A chambray white cotton floral embroidery caftan designed by Bill Tice and worn by Elizabeth Taylor in a Terry O’Neill photo shoot with David Bowie. $1,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 8/17 Worn ‘Sandpiper’ costume

A cashmere poncho and jersey top ensemble worn by Elizabeth Taylor during a beach scene in her role as Laura Reynolds in the classic film The Sandpiper (Filmways, 1965). Pre-sale estimate: $2,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 9/17 Owned Dior scarf

A pink silk and cashmere scarf designed by Christian Dior (Marc Bohan) for Elizabeth Taylor and labelled, ‘pour Mrs Richard Burton’. Pre-sale estimate: $200

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 10/17 Worn award skirt-suit

A navy silk skirt-suit (quilted, single stitch over piping, white padded silk white band with navy silk wrapped around, over shoulder, white silk piping along jacket with navy silk thread wrapped) possibly designed by Scaasi and worn by Elizabeth Taylor while receiving the French Commander of Arts and Letters Award in Paris in 1985. Pre-sale estimate: $600

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 11/17 Owned cape

A substantial lime green silk, full length, 3 panel cape (all sequins) bearing an abstract floral pattern in fuchsia and white, and dark green. Designed by La Mendola and owned by Elizabeth Taylor. Pre-sale estimate: £1,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 12/17 Worn Loro Piana cashmere wrap

A brown cashmere wrap designed by Loro Piana and worn by Elizabeth Taylor to the AIDS Candlelight March on 12 October 1996. $600

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 13/17 Worn Nolan Miller ceremony gown

A black lace gown with plunging neckline and princess sleeves, designed by Nolan Miller and worn by Elizabeth Taylor to the 1992 Sheba Humanitarian Award Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Pre-sale estimate: $1,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 14/17 Worn Bruce Weber photo shoot jacket

A New York Yankees jacket worn by Elizabeth Taylor in a 2004 shoot with photographer Bruce Weber. Pre-sale estimate: $2,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 15/17 Worn Edith Head gown

A pale blue chiffon evening gown designed by Edith Head and worn by Elizabeth Taylor to the a pale blue chiffon evening gown designed by Edith Head and worn by Taylor worn to the premiere of the 1974 MGM film That’s Entertainment. Pre-sale estiamte: $4,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 16/17 Bottega Veneta luggage

A suite of luggage by Italian luxury maker Bottega Veneta, including five hard cases in black leather with orange quilted interior lining, and one soft sided case in black leather and orange quilted interior lining. With violet printed laminated numbered tags reading ‘MINE!’ Pre-sale estimate: $2,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 17/17 Cartier Trinity napkin rings

A set of four Cartier sterling napkin rings in the ‘Trinity’ pattern, housed in the original box. Pre-sale estimate: $500

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 1/17 Worn Givenchy trouser-suit

An emerald green silk trouser-suit, green tube beaded mix along v-neck line, jacquard with lame thread weave, matching belt designed by Givenchy and worn by Elizabeth Taylor to a 1987 Aids Fundraiser. Pre-sale estimate: $800

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 2/17 Worn ‘X, Y and Zee’ costume

A leopard print trouser-suit designed by Mirsa and worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the film X, Y and Zee (Columbia Pictures, 1972). Pre-sale estimate: $3,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 3/17 Worn Versace jacket

A beaded leather biker jacket designed by Versace and worn by Elizabeth Taylor during an appearance on the Johnny Carson Show. Pre-sale estimate: $4,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 4/17 Engraved Cartier belt

A sterling silver Cartier brand belt purchased by Elizabeth Taylor for her mother and engraved in Taylor’s own handwriting, ‘To My ‘Hippy’ Mom – All My Love, Elizabeth.’ Pre-sale estimate: $1,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 5/17 Worn Richard Burton tye-dye cape

A green and black large heavy wool-felt blend tye-dye cape designed by Franca (Baroness Stael von Holstein) and worn by Elizabeth Taylor to Richard Burton’s investiture. Pre-sale estimate: $6,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 6/17 Owned cowboy boots

Two pairs Stallion brand cowboy boots: 1 pair of black and white leather, with vine, flower, and heart design, monogrammed “E”; and 1 pair of brown Crocodile. Pre-sale estimate: $600

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 7/17 Worn Terry O’Neill photo shoot caftan

A chambray white cotton floral embroidery caftan designed by Bill Tice and worn by Elizabeth Taylor in a Terry O’Neill photo shoot with David Bowie. $1,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 8/17 Worn ‘Sandpiper’ costume

A cashmere poncho and jersey top ensemble worn by Elizabeth Taylor during a beach scene in her role as Laura Reynolds in the classic film The Sandpiper (Filmways, 1965). Pre-sale estimate: $2,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 9/17 Owned Dior scarf

A pink silk and cashmere scarf designed by Christian Dior (Marc Bohan) for Elizabeth Taylor and labelled, ‘pour Mrs Richard Burton’. Pre-sale estimate: $200

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 10/17 Worn award skirt-suit

A navy silk skirt-suit (quilted, single stitch over piping, white padded silk white band with navy silk wrapped around, over shoulder, white silk piping along jacket with navy silk thread wrapped) possibly designed by Scaasi and worn by Elizabeth Taylor while receiving the French Commander of Arts and Letters Award in Paris in 1985. Pre-sale estimate: $600

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 11/17 Owned cape

A substantial lime green silk, full length, 3 panel cape (all sequins) bearing an abstract floral pattern in fuchsia and white, and dark green. Designed by La Mendola and owned by Elizabeth Taylor. Pre-sale estimate: £1,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 12/17 Worn Loro Piana cashmere wrap

A brown cashmere wrap designed by Loro Piana and worn by Elizabeth Taylor to the AIDS Candlelight March on 12 October 1996. $600

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 13/17 Worn Nolan Miller ceremony gown

A black lace gown with plunging neckline and princess sleeves, designed by Nolan Miller and worn by Elizabeth Taylor to the 1992 Sheba Humanitarian Award Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Pre-sale estimate: $1,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 14/17 Worn Bruce Weber photo shoot jacket

A New York Yankees jacket worn by Elizabeth Taylor in a 2004 shoot with photographer Bruce Weber. Pre-sale estimate: $2,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 15/17 Worn Edith Head gown

A pale blue chiffon evening gown designed by Edith Head and worn by Elizabeth Taylor to the a pale blue chiffon evening gown designed by Edith Head and worn by Taylor worn to the premiere of the 1974 MGM film That’s Entertainment. Pre-sale estiamte: $4,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 16/17 Bottega Veneta luggage

A suite of luggage by Italian luxury maker Bottega Veneta, including five hard cases in black leather with orange quilted interior lining, and one soft sided case in black leather and orange quilted interior lining. With violet printed laminated numbered tags reading ‘MINE!’ Pre-sale estimate: $2,000

Julien’s Auctions

Celebrity Fashion: 17/17 Cartier Trinity napkin rings

A set of four Cartier sterling napkin rings in the ‘Trinity’ pattern, housed in the original box. Pre-sale estimate: $500

Julien’s Auctions

From Friday 6 December to Sunday 8 December, possessions owned by Taylor will be auctioned in Beverly Hills and online.

In addition to items of clothing worn by Taylor, other items up for auction include household items, decorative art and jewellery owned by the star of the silver screen.

A blue chiffon Edith Head evening gown worn by Taylor to the premiere of the 1974 film That’s Entertainment is expected to sell for $4,000 (£3,189).

Meanwhile, a pair of cowboy boots owned by the actor is estimated to go for $600 (£478).

In addition to the auction, Julien’s Auctions is also selling limited-edition catalogues about Taylor’s lifestyle, one in a silver hardcover for $400 (£318) and one in a purple velvet case for $1,000 (£797).

All proceeds from the sales of the catalogues will go towards the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation (ETAF).

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Described as the “first globally recognised celebrity HIV and Aids activist”, Taylor co-founded the American Foundation for Aids Research (amfAR) in 1985 and ETAF six years later.

The multi-Academy Award winner passed away in 2011 from congestive heart failure.

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