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For Immediate Release

RESULTS: The Legendary Jewels, Evening Sale & Jewelry (Sessions II and III)

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The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor

The Legendary Jewels, Evening Sale & Jewelry (Sessions II and III)

New York – Tuesday, 13 & 14 December 2011

Sale no: 2623 and 2626 – Combined Top Ten

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]

Sold:

$137,235,575

£87,830,768

105,671,392

Lots Sold: 270

Lots Offered: 270

Sold by Lot: 100%

Sold by $: 100%

Exchange Rate: £.0.64 = $1/  € 0.77= $1

 

WORLD RECORD FOR THE MOST VALUABLE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF JEWELS SOLD AT AUCTION

WORLD RECORD FOR THE MOST VALUABLE JEWELRY SALE IN AUCTION HISTORY

 

Lot

Description

 

Estimate ($)

 

Purchase Price

Buyer

12

La Peregrina, a natural pearl, diamond, ruby and cultured pearl necklace, by Cartier

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR A PEARL JEWEL

2,000,000 - 3,000,000

$11,842,500

£7,579,200

€9,118,725

Anonymous

80

The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond,

Rectangular-cut diamond of 33.19 cts, D Colour, Potentially flawless

$265,697 per carat

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR A COLOURLESS DIAMOND PER CARAT

2,500,000 - 3,500,000

$8,818,500

£5,643,840

€6,790,245

Asian Private

56

The Taj Mahal, Diamond

Gift from Richard Burton on the occasion of Elizabeth Taylor's 40th birthday, 1972

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR AN INDIAN JEWEL

300,000 - 500,000

$8,818,500

£5,643,840

€6,790,245

Anonymous

29

A 23.46 ct Emerald and Diamond Pendant Brooch,

by BVLGARI

$280,000 per carat

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR AN EMERALD JEWEL

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR AN EMERALD PER CARAT

500,000 - 700,000

$6,578,500

£4,210,240

€5,065,445

Anonymous

28

An Emerald and Diamond Necklace, by BVLGARI

1,000,000 - 1,500,000

$6,130,500

£3,923,520

€4,720,485

Anonymous

72

A Sapphire and Diamond Sautoir, by BVLGARI

600,000 - 800,000

$5,906,500

£3,780,160

€4,548,005

Anonymous

77

A Ruby And Diamond Ring, By Van Cleef & Arpels, Gift from Richard Burton, Christmas, 1968, 8.24 carats

$512,925 per carat

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR A RUBY PER CARAT

WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR A VAN CLEEF & ARPELS JEWEL

1,000,000 - 1,500,000

$4,226,500

£2,704,960

€3,254,405

U.S. Private

79

The Mike Todd Diamond Tiara

60,000 - 80,000

$4,226,500

£2,704,960

€3,254,405

U.S. Private

31

An Emerald and Diamond Bracelet, by BVLGARI

300,000 - 500,000

$4,002,500

£2,561,600

€3,081,925

U.S. Private

76

A Ruby And Diamond Necklace, by Cartier

200,000 - 300,000

$3,778,500

£2,418,240

€2,909,445

International Trade

 


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