When Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery collection went under the hammer this week, it sparked a bidding frenzy. Buyers scrambled to get their hands on some of the most iconic pieces in the world and the haul fetched a record-breaking £75million –the highest ever for a private sale.
The identity of most bidders remained a mystery – but one person happy to talk about their new purchase was Kim Kardashian. The reality star paid $64,900 (£42,000) for three diamond and jade bracelets owned by the actress – ten times their estimated price.
“Elizabeth Taylor was an idol of mine and I’m honoured to now own something from her collection,” said Kim. "The Lorraine Schwartz jade bracelets are special because jade transfers energy, so I will cherish these bracelets with her energy in them for the rest of my life!"
Liz, who died in March this year, was married eight times – and showered with gifts from her male admirers. The most expensive item sold was a necklace given to her by Richard Burton, - who Liz wed twice – which fetched £7.6 million. Part of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.
Kim Kardashian conducted the last interview with Liz Taylor before she died, for Harper’s Bazaar. "I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels or a lot of husbands," Taylor told her. "I have been supremely lucky in my life in that I have known great love, and of course, I am the temporary custodian of some incredible and beautiful things."
by Clare Thorp