Elizabeth Taylor At Christie’s Now, And Marilyn Monroe Back When

6 Dec

Now through December 12th, you can view some of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry and other belongings at Christie’s.

From their website:

Miss Taylor’s collection of her cherished and fabulous jewels, fashion, art, decorative arts and memorabilia will form a landmark series of public exhibitions culminating in four consecutive days of sales.

For this pivotal event, slated for December 3 to December 16, 2011, Christie’s New York will devote its Rockefeller Center gallery space to the public exhibition and sales.

In keeping with Elizabeth Taylor’s life-long devotion to humanitarian causes, Christie’s is pleased to announce that a portion of the profits from the sale of select publications, exhibition admissions and event sponsorships will be directed to The Elizabeth Taylor’s AIDS Foundation (ETAF).”

I had been looking forward to seeing the exhibit – calendar marked and all – but I read the FAQ and discovered that Photography and video cameras will not be permitted in the exhibition, and that the admission price to view the collection is $30.00.

I’m sure that viewing the over 850 lots including Elizabeth Taylor’s legendary jewelry, haute couture, ready-to-wear fashion, handbags and accessories, and a selection of decorative arts, and film memorabilia being sold in the live auction is worth the $30.00 admission, if you are a big fan of Miss Taylor’s, or a high roller who may be bidding (what fun!).

Christie’s Auction House is at 20 Rockefeller Plaza, located at 49th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

The exhibit is through December 12, and the sales are December 13 – 16, 2011.

If you are interested in books or catalogs from the exhibit, you can see them here.

Despite my interest, the $30.00 price tag and the No Photography Allowed rule has somewhat cooled my desire to attend.

In 1999, Christie’s had a similar exhibit of Marilyn Monroe’s belongings, before they were auctioned off.

Admission to the exhibition was FREE, and cameras WERE allowed.

We were privileged to see many, many of her belongings – bittersweet – including some of her bright and lovely clothes:

her little black dresses:

Her furs (“Fox – not the 20th Century kind” Marilyn was quoted as saying):

Her nighties:

Her piano:

And the dress she wore when she sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to President J.F. Kennedy on May 16, 1962 at Madison Square Garden (a mere 2-1/2 months before she died):

I NEVER understand the No Photography Allowed rule.

Where would we be without photographs??






4 Responses to “Elizabeth Taylor At Christie’s Now, And Marilyn Monroe Back When”

  1. margiesmom December 6, 2011 at 9:52 am #


    • sallanscorner December 7, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

      MargiesMom – the last picture? The dress wasn’t really pink, but the lights made it look that way in my pic. From Wikipedia:

      Monroe’s dress was noted for being made of a sheer and flesh colored marquisette fabric, with 2500 rhinestones sewn into it. The dress was so tight-fitting that Monroe had to be literally sewn into it. Under the bright stage spotlight the fabric seemed to “melt away”, leaving only the glitter of the rhinestone brilliants.

      And, from Lloyds Of Hollywood:

      The original cost of the dress in 1962 was $12,000 In 1999, the dress fetched over $1.26 million at the Christie’s auction.

      The dress was simply AMAZING to see in person. Marilyn was tiny!

  2. Hubby December 6, 2011 at 11:45 am #

    That Marilyn exhibit at Christie’s was great! I really liked seeing all her personal effects, like her portable TV and her books.

    • sallanscorner December 7, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

      Wasn’t it great?? I’m glad to have the pictures that I have, but I wish that I had had a better camera at the time. A once-in-a-lifetime chance to see (and photograph) those MM possessions…

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