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Los Angeles — Christie’s is pleased to announce that the city of Los Angeles will be the first U.S. stop on the global tour of highlights from The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor this fall.  The public exhibition of items from the vast collection of the celebrated film star, fashion icon, and humanitarian will be on display to the public from October 13 to 16, 2011 at MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.  Tickets to this highly-anticipated event will go on sale at promptly at 9:00AM PST on Thursday, September 22, 2011 (see instructions for purchase, page 3).  

The Los Angeles exhibition is the third stop on an international, three-month tour that includes Moscow, London, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, and Hong Kong and New York.  In recognition of Ms. Taylor’s many fans and friends in Los Angeles, the film star’s primary home for the majority of her professional career, Christie’s has planned an extended, four-day view of highlights from her collections of jewelry, fashion, costumes and film memorabilia.  The complete collection will be offered for sale at Christie’s New York from December 13-16 (see appendix for sale schedule).

To host this special event, Christie’s has partnered with Wells Fargo Private Bank, the exclusive sponsor of the Los Angeles exhibition, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which will offer its MOCA Pacific Design Center venue to house the exhibition.  In keeping with Elizabeth Taylor’s life-long devotion to humanitarian causes, Christie’s is pleased to announce that a portion of the profits generated by exhibition admissions, events and publications related to the exhibitions 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. 

Among the many highlights of the Collection to be featured in the Los Angeles tour stop are selections from the major categories within Ms. Taylor’s vast collection, including:


Now known as “The Crown Jewels of Hollywood”, Elizabeth’s Taylor’s iconic collection of jewelry is an expansive and thoroughly stunning assemblage of jewelry from the top design houses of the world, including BVLGARI, Boucheron, Cartier, JAR, Schlumberger, Tiffany, and Van Cleef & Arpels, among others.  From the elegant simplicity of The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond of 33.19 carats to her most elaborate custom-designed jewels, Elizabeth Taylor’s collection reveals in sparkling detail her celebrated love affair with jewelry.

To see the complete press release, visit:

Haute Couture, Fashion and Accessories

From the red carpets of Hollywood, to the ski slopes of Gstaad, to the sandy beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Elizabeth Taylor exuded glamour in every facet of her life.  With the designers Valentino, Gianni Versace, Gianfranco Ferré and Valentino among her friends and collaborators, Elizabeth’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.

To see the complete press release, visit:

Fine 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, Post-War & Contemporary works, and a significant group of modern British paintings inherited from her father.

Further highlights of the fine art and film memorabilia collections will be announced in the coming weeks.

Exhibition Hours

MOCA Pacific Design Center

Thursday, October 13 

12 noon – 5 pm

Friday, October 14

12 noon – 7:30pm

Saturday, October 15

10am – 7:30pm

Sunday, October 16

10am – 4:30pm

Ticket charge:  



To purchase tickets to the public exhibition at MOCA Pacific Design Center,

 please visit 

To keep waiting in line to a minimum, attendees can purchase tickets for specific time slots.

Tickets will be available for a purchase beginning Thursday September 22 at 9:00am PST

and will be available online only.

 No tickets will be sold at the door or by phone. A flat $20 fee per ticket per individual applies.

MOCA Pacific Design Center is located at 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069.

About Wells Fargo Private Bank

Wells Fargo Private Bank is the exclusive sponsor of the Christie’s exhibition of selections from The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor in Los Angeles. Wells Fargo Private Bank’s support for the exhibition includes a direct contribution to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Wells Fargo has been a long-time, active supporter of HIV / AIDS funding and research, contributing more than $1 million per year to the cause.

For more than 150 years, Wells Fargo has helped generations of families build, manage, preserve and transition their wealth.  Wells Fargo Private Bank continues that tradition today by providing our high-net-worth clients with a comprehensive and custom-tailored wealth management plan.  Through a team of financial professionals, directed by a dedicated relationship manager, our service offering includes private banking and credit services, investment management, trust and estate services, financial and business planning, philanthropic services and insurance solutions. Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. The company aims to help all of our customers succeed financially and create long-term economic growth and quality of life for everyone in the communities we serve.  In 2010, Wells Fargo invested a record $219 million in grants in 19,000 nonprofits, and our team members contributed more than 1.3 million volunteer hours around the country.  For more information, please visit:

About The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

Founded in 1979, MOCA’s mission is to be the defining museum of contemporary art. The institution has achieved astonishing growth in its brief history—with three Los Angeles locations of architectural renown; more than 13,000 members; a world-class permanent collection of nearly 6,000 works international in scope and among the finest in the nation; hallmark education programs that are widely emulated; award-winning publications that present original scholarship; and groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions of international repute that survey the art of our time. MOCA is a private not-for-profit institution supported by its members, corporate and foundation support, government grants, and retail and admission revenues.  MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA are open 11am to 5pm on Monday and Friday; 11am to 8pm on Thursday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. General admission is $10 for adults; $5 for students with I.D. and seniors (65+); and free for MOCA members, children under 12, jurors with I.D., active military, and everyone on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm, courtesy of Wells Fargo. MOCA Pacific Design Center is open 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Friday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Monday. Admission to MOCA Pacific Design Center is always free. For 24-hour information on current exhibitions, education programs, and special events, call 213/626-6222 or access MOCA online at

MOCA Gala 2011 will be held Saturday, November 12, 2011 at MOCA Grand Avenue.  Legendary performance artist Marina Abramovic will serve as the evening's artistic director, choreographing an unforgettable, participatory evening of performance and music, including an appearance by a special guest musician. Inquiries and requests can be directed to 213/633-5348 or

Notes to Editors: 

Tour Dates and Locations: Highlights from The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor






September 15 & 16


GUM, Red Square


September 24, 25 & 26


Christie’s London

Los Angeles 

October 13, 14, 15 & 16


MOCA Pacific Design Center


October 23


Emirates Tower Hotel


November 11 & 12


Four Seasons Hotel de Bergues


November 16 & 17


Christie’s Paris

Hong Kong

November 24, 25, 26 & 27


Hong Kong Convention Center

New York

December 3 - 12


Christie’s New York

 Tickets will be required to view the highlights exhibitions in London, Los Angeles and New York. Tickets are NOT required to view the exhibition in Moscow, Dubai, Geneva and Paris and Hong Kong, which are timed to coincide with pre-sale jewelry exhibitions in each those locations.

Sale Dates: The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor

The Legendary Jewels, Evening Sale

December 13, 2011

Jewelry (Sessions II & III) 

December 14, 2011

The Icon and her Haute Couture, Evening Sale

December 14, 2011

Fashion and Accessories (Sessions II, III & IV)

December 15, 2011

Fine and Decorative Art & Film Memorabilia, including costumes

December 16, 2011

Impressionist & Modern Art

February 7-8 2012, Christie’s London


Sale catalogues will be available for purchase online at

Please visit the website for further details on tour information, press releases, tickets, and catalogues.


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