In 1991 Elizabeth Taylor set up her Aids foundation and became an outspoken advocate for the cause over the following two decades. She famously took President George H Bush to task for his policy on the pandemic, saying, “I’m not sure he even knows how to spell Aids.”
Eight years after her death, House of Taylor, run by the trustees of the actress’s estate, is auctioning – among other memorabilia – a remarkable selection of her red-carpet gowns, costumes and jewellery. To accompany the auction in Beverly Hills from December 6 to 8, there will be a limited-edition catalogue on sale ($1,000), the proceeds of which will go to the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation. Highlights from the lots include a pale-blue gown Taylor wore to the 1974 premiere of That’s Entertainment (estimate $4,000-6,000), a silver-studded Versace biker jacket (estimate $4,000-6,000) and an Yves Saint Laurent cashmere ensemble she wore in The Sandpiper (estimate $2,000-3,000).