This month, Dubai based fans of Elizabeth Taylor will be thrilled to hear that a collection of the glamorous British-American actress’s jewellery, fashion and memorabilia will be on display at Christie’s. The display is part of a worldwide tour of the items in the run up to their auction in December, which will take place from the late actress’s home in Bel Air, California.
The actress, who starred in Father of the Bride (1950), A Place in the Sun (1951), Giant (1956), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) to name but a few won two academy awards in her lifetime – one for her role in Butterfield 8 (1960) and a second for her role Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966).
Taylor’s life was highly publicized. With eight marriages and seven husbands her personal life made for quite the read in the tabloids. Not only did she undergo several turbulent love affairs but a number of other tumultuous events throughout her life kept her in the media spot light. From adopting a daughter with her fifth husband, Richard Burton, becoming the first actress to publicly check into rehab, becoming one of the first HIV/AIDS activists following the death of her close friend and co-star Rock Hudson, being diagnosed with a brain tumour which was subsequently removed and having a song written for her by close friend Michael Jackson. These events are just a very small snapshot of Taylor’s dramatic life.
But personal life to one side, Taylor is also remembered for being a fashion great. A style icon, her name conjures images of diamonds, plunging necklines and thick, dark eye make-up. In her later years throughout the seventies and eighties her style became bolder with tight miniskirts, elaborate hair pieces, feather boas and bright blue eye shadow. The Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA) awarded her with the Lifetime of Glamour Award in 1997 in recognition of her extraordinary style. For a glimpse into the one and only, head on down to Christie’s to view her personal collection.
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