While shooting Cleopatra in Rome in 1962, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton took a stroll to Bvlgari’s flagship store. Burton would frequently buy Taylor lavish jewellery and Bvlgari was one of the her favourites, leading Burton to quip: “I introduced Liz to beer, she introduced me to Bvlgari.” On this occasion, Taylor was presented with two emerald necklaces. A er trying both on several times, Taylor opted for the smaller of the two: an emerald and diamond brooch suspended from an emerald and diamond necklace, with the emeralds hailing from Colombia and Zimbabwe. In a 2012 Christie’s auction held in New York, the necklace sold for $6.13m (Dh22.5m). The sale was part of a larger collection featuring a number of Taylor’s favourite pieces and would set a new world auction record of $137,235,675 (Dh504m), toppling the $50,281,887 (Dh184.7) amassed for the Duchess of Windsor collection, which was sold in 1987 at Sotheby’s Geneva.