Elizabeth Taylor’s gowns, costumes and jewellery come to auction

Proceeds from sales of the limited-edition auction catalogue will go to the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation

Lots include a silver-studded Versace biker jacket (estimate $4,000-6,000)
Lots include a silver-studded Versace biker jacket (estimate $4,000-6,000)

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.” 

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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).

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