8 A THING OF BEAUTY

Homes and Antiques Magazine - - GUIDE : DESIGN HISTORY -

As well as adorn­ing her­self in emer­alds to play the ti­tle role in Cleopa­tra (see page 118), El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor also loved to dec­o­rate her­self in the gems when o set. The screen icon’s Bvl­gari emer­ald and di­a­mond pen­dant brooch (pic­tured), which had been an en­gage­ment gift from Richard Bur­ton, sent the salesroom into a frenzy when it sold for over $6.5m at Christie’s in its 2011 sale of Tay­lor’s ‘Leg­endary Jewels’. The es­ti­mate was $500,000–$700,000.

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