The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor. III | the icon & her haute couture, evening sale. IV | fashion & accessories (sessions 2,3 & 4)

The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor. III | the icon & her haute couture, evening sale. IV | fashion & accessories (sessions 2,3 & 4)
Price :  £95.00

Introduction by Meredith Etherington-Smith.

New York. Christie's. 14 & 15 December 2011. 2 volumes. Wrappers. 189 & 375 pages. With a printed results list loosely inserted. 68 & 326 lots all illustrated in colour, with many additional images including close-ups of details and archival photographs of the Taylor wearing the clothes. 300 x 230mm (11 x 9"). 3.2kg. . English. Fine.

The sale of the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor was a landmark auction held by Christie's in 2011, bringing in a total of over 150 million US dollars. The auction was broken down into five parts. The first two parts covered Taylor's jewellery, parts III and IV were haute couture and fashion, and part V was fine and decorative art and film memorabilia including costume. Present here are the catalogues for parts III and IV - Taylor's haute couture and fashion items. The total sales figures for these two parts exceeded $5,500,000 and set a record for the most valuable collection of fashion ever offered at auction.
'From the early 1960's until Elizabeth's death earlier this year, her impeccably kept fashion collection grew to encompass six decades of one extraordinary woman's taste, and choice, including accessories. Elizabeth Taylor did not need a stylist, she was a master at constructing and projecting her image throughout her long and vivid life in the limelight.
She always loved her beautiful and imaginative clothes that she chose to best set off her dark beauty and magnificent jewels and she prized her fashion collection greatly.' (from the introduction).
The Haute Couture catalogue includes pieces by Armani, Chanel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferre, Gaultier, Givenchy, Hermes, Issey Miyaake, Irene Sharaff, Tiziani, Valentino, Versace (including the 'icon' jackets) and Yves Saint Laurent. The Fashion & Accessories catalogue includes Pucci prints, many of her signature caftans, lots of Versace, graphic designs from Michael Vollbracht, a large amount of handbags by all the major fashion labels including Chanel and Hermes, Chanel suits, mohair sweaters by Galliano, Louis Vuitton luggage, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Tizaiani and so much more.