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Elizabeth Taylor's Jewellery Goes Up For Auction

 Elizabeth Taylor
 Elizabeth Taylor's ruby and diamond necklace  The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond

She once said that the three loves of her life were Mike Todd, Richard Burton and jewellery. Now the lavish gifts that the two men gave Elizabeth Taylor to satisfy the third of her passions are to go on sale.

The late actress's entire collection of 300 pieces, valued at $30million, will be auctioned at Christie's in New York in December.

Most were gifts from Todd, the only one Taylor's seven husbands whom she did not divorce - he died a year into their marriage - and Burton, whose grand gestures of love for his fellow star came to symbolise the intensity of their relationship.

Lots will include the first jewel Burton bought for Taylor - the 33.19-carat Asscher-cut Krupp Diamond, which later became known as The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond. Set in a platinum ring, the diamond, which Burton bought for $305,000 in 1968, is expected to fetch up to $3.5million.

"I never, never thought of my jewellery as trophies," the actress, who died in March, aged 79, wrote. "I'm here to take care of them and to love them. When I die and they go off to auction I hope whoever buys them gives them a really good home."

The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation will reportedly receive a portion of the profits from the sale.

Source: The Telegraph UK