May 24, 2018 | By Lourdes Linares
Elizabeth Taylor may have been more celebrated for her jewels than her clothing, but public enthusiasm for the latter sartorial slice of the late actress’ estate set records at auction at Christie’s New York this week, bringing in a grand total of USD $2,600,750. The eclectic range of haute couture spanned the 60s – 90s and featured mostly evening wear by designers like Christian Dior, Valentino, Givenchy, and Versace, the last of which attracted a cool $128,500 for a beaded ‘The Face’ jacket from the early 90s (see below), $108,500 more than the maximum estimated price: no surprise given the garment’s historical iconography, which features beaded images of Elizabeth in her most famous roles throughout the 20th century (including Cleopatra.) In an auction that defied expectation, it was a Christian Dior brocade evening gown and matching clutch from the designer’s S/S 1968 collection that fetched the highest bid for a garment, bringing in a staggering $362,500, or 60 times the high estimated bid of $6,000. Below, a selection of top bid winners and iconic pieces from the actress’ impressive wardrobe.
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