El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor

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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.

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